About My Blogs

Like many writers, I've started, abandoned and returned to a number of blogs over the years, including ones on this site, at Medium and at the Huffington Post. I wrote a blog called Backward Messages for about three years, exploring the scapegoating of violent video games, heavy metal, the occult and other topics. I also occasionally post recipes from my kitchen at Gluten-Free With Everything

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Tuesday
Sep202016

From Columbine to Chelsea, We’re No Closer to Solving Mass Violence

Three years ago this week, I was getting ready to release The Columbine Effect: How Five Teen Pastimes Got Caught in the Crossfire and Why Teens are Taking Them Back. I hoped the book would reshape national conversation around two things: 1. Acts of mass violence, particularly those perpetrated by teens, and 2. The kinds of things we tend to blame for those acts, particularly violent video games, heavy metal and the occult. Basically, I wanted to show that these interests were beneficial (or at least harmless) and that we needed to look elsewhere if we were going to prevent future attacks in schools and elsewhere. That has happened, although almost certainly not because of the book, and we’re not in a much better place than we were when I started researching in 2007. As I write this, we are reeling from what looks like a domestic terror bombing in New York City and yet more murders of unarmed black males by police. We still have a long way to go.

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