To quote from High Fidelity

Do I listen to pop music because I’m miserable? Or am I miserable because I listen to pop music?

Does that apply to the Columbine killers who happened to listen to Marilyn Manson? Did they listen to ‘shock rock’ because they were violent, or were they violent because they listen to ‘shock rock’?


  • Anonymous

    September 14, 2000 at 1:27 pm

    music = attitude?

    I personally don’t think they’re connected. a lot of young people today are just really angry, and the music expresses that. those kids were just messed, and obviously needed someone to talk to. I highly doubt that Manson’s plan was for boys to go out and create a massacre. people are happy, or violent, or depressed, or mellow on their own -music doesn’t change your core self, it just reminds you of what you’re feeling. instead of blaming murder on music, those kids shoulda taken responsibility for their actions.
    whatever. what do I know?


    • triggerhappy

      September 14, 2000 at 4:54 pm

      Re: music = attitude?

      I agree. I think that they were already violent, but perhaps fed off their choice of music as well. But, that is their responsibility and choice.

      • Jenny Lee Silver

        September 14, 2000 at 5:30 pm

        Re: music = attitude?

        I agree with both of you… which is why I think that censoring any of this stuff is an exercise in futility. Books that include negative concepts don’t cause people to run out and enact them, any more than playing D&D makes you a satanist, or listening to music about beating someone up makes you violent, if you aren’t already on your way to being that way.

        Too much control going on, and it’s not going to make things better. Who are they kidding??

  • chrisg

    September 15, 2000 at 9:00 am

    I think they just happened to have bad taste in music, which was seperate from their mental problems. I don’t see how the media tried (successfully?) to put the blame on other things, such as music or video games or what they wore.