21 Apr 07
Two photo poses taken by Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui, which were included in the video inside the package he sent to NBC this week, are being examined by investigators because of their similarity to images from a three-year old South Korean film. Police are reportedly examining whether Cho may have been trying to copy violence in the film, a theory that an author and media awareness advocate says would fit an already rampant pattern.It was an instructor at the Blacksburg, Virginia, school who allegedly helped to connect the dots between the shooting and the movie, according to Teresa Tomeo, a veteran broadcast journalist and author of the book, Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families (Ascension Press, 2007).”The New York Times was actually alerted by a professor at Virginia Tech who was aware of the South Korean film that came out three years ago,” Tomeo points out. “It’s called Old Boy,” she says, and “it actually won some awards at the Cannes Film Festival back in [2004].” Old Boy, a film that Sky News says critics have labeled “an ultra-violent movie of obsession and revenge,” has scenes of an individual holding a gun to his head and another holding a hammer ready to strike — both of which are apparently copied by Cho on the “manifesto” video.Therein, the journalist thinks, may lie the clues that offer further evidence of mass-scale real-life violence spurred by exposure to agression and violence in media. “Some of the well-known TV psychologists,” she notes, “are saying that the type of murders he committed, at least, the way he carried them out, were very, very similar & to what happened in Columbine and what happened in these other school shootings where numerous people were killed — very methodical, very systematic, little emotion.”