Along with his credibility, Malcolm Gladwell uses several logical statements such as “But, beyond those facts, the great puzzle is how little school shooters fit any kind of pattern.” (Page 3) Following the above statement, the author goes on to explain just how the shooters do not, in fact, fall into a concrete pattern. To support this hypothesis he then enlightens the reader on Granovetter’s theory claiming that “...the riot has now engulfed the boys.” (Page 13) later elaborating more on this in his conclusion he states, “The problem is not that there is not an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It’s worse. It’s that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.” (Page 13) Comparing the series of events leading up to a school shooting to “..a slow-motion, ever revolving riot,” (Page 7) Meaning that even though we might be able to explain the phenomenon that
Mass shootings are a horrific event prevalent in our society for many years. On July 18, 1984, James Huberty fires with his long-barreled Uzi at a McDonald’s San Ysidro, California, killing twenty-one adults and children. Another gunman, George Hennard, fires in a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, killing a total of twenty-three people on On October 16, 1991. A different mass murderer, Seung-Hui Cho, shoots thirty-two students and faculty members dead at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia on April 16, 2007. Additionally, Adam Lanza opens fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut killing twenty students aging from six to seven, and six staff on December 14, 2012. All too often in the history of America, innocent
Why are some of our young men resorting to violence in the form of mass shootings? Over the years many theories have been developed to attempt to explain why mass shootings continue to occur in our country. In this essay, I will focus on and attempt to uncover how these theories may help us to understand why the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings (SHES) occurred.
The name Tough Little Boys, a country song by Gary Allan, sends a message to those who are going to listen to it, that this is about how boys or any males should act. The automatic assumption just seeing the title of this song is that it is going to tell boys they must be tough. Although once actually listening to the song one realizes that it is, in fact, talking about how males should act, but it isn’t strictly talking about how a man should be tough. It is actually highlighting a very emotional part of a man’s life and it is celebrating it. The overall message that Gary Allan is trying to send his listeners is that that men should still be tough and strong, but they must also have a soft spot for their children.
The aftermath of a school shooting is tragic, depressing, and causes hatred for the lives lost and the person who took them. Everyone, especially the media, tries to interpret why the shooter killed their victims, or why they felt the need to end others’ lives and their own. How We All Miss the Point on School Shootings, by Mark Manson, explains what and why these mass shootings happen. He starts by using examples of shootings and the murderer’s past. This article has great viewpoints, use of argumentative reasoning, and shows what truly happens in the hallways of a school shooting.
Scott Monks introduces the reader to his book about boys and gangs, growing up in an area
Using the sociological perspective, identify and explain the issues, problems and concerns of the Lost Boys. The issues for these young men were first and for most survival. Along with the tragic deaths of their parents, brothers and sisters had to be the most excruciating pain any human could bear. I am quite sure that the other problems they had to deal with were the fact of enemies continually bearing down on them and their need to continually move their location. Furthermore, their every waking moment their faith had to be challenged and wonder if their God would deliver them. Lost Boys of Sudan, http://www.lostboyschicago.com
Constantly facing the darkness of looming greed and lust, humanity seems to be doomed to trudge in the mires of sin forever. However, while fear and chaos—especially a lack of guidance—can cause cruelty to flourish, it is also where kindness makes its greatest display. In “Why Boys Become Vicious”, William Golding argues that mayhem and terror brings out the evil nature of humans. Without proper order and parental guidance, humans are lead astray and band together only to create more chaos and cruelty. Even so, humans can come together to show kindness and love. Even seemingly barbaric gangs search for order in society and provide security and comfort for the impoverished. People are naturally inclined to help others and act socially, especially
To create a sympathetic image, her text is full of emotional words and phrases; Sommers states “That girls are treated as the second sex in school and consequently suffer, that boys are accorded privileges and consequently benefit” (Sommers) and that these are the types of stuff that each one seems to consider or perceive. The image that she evokes generates people to feel vulnerable about the way school system treats girls differently than how they treat boys, as amiably as all of the emotion that this problem is causing. To identify how other people; such as the school systems; understand that girls go on treated, her goal is to cause the readers to notice that they don’t suffer more than boys. To provoke negative emotions throughout her text, she uses words and phrases, which produces the reader feel as they continue judging the way people treat girls. She has also pointed different words to set the emotion of unfairness. By stating other people's claims on how they believe that girls stay viewed upon as the less dominant sex, Sommers is setting the emotion. These words and phrases that she used are appeals to pathos, or the reader's feelings of frustration and anger with
The Mask You Live In begins with a George Orwell quote "He wears a mask and his face grows to fit it". The use of this quote in the documentary is to explain how men and young boys create a façade in which they live their lives behind. They put on a show for the world, while living behind this falsely created persona of happiness and security. The mask is the hard shell that young men are expected to face the world with. They are expected to show only their best selves and hide their insecurities and worries.
The school environment is one that has been stressed to be a safe and enjoyable place to learn. However, for many individuals, that is not the case. Students around the world have very unique experiences at school, which can unfortunately become abhorrent. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), and average of 96 Americans lose their lives to gun violence each day (Gun Violence by the Numbers). There are several causes of death by gun violence, but one of the causes that have become a growing problem is school shootings. Each school shooter has an individual story and should be treated disparate from the rest, but there are several similar characteristics between many school shooters throughout history.
Each day, millions of individuals around the world are exposed to media messages. Whether these messages are broadcasted through television, print media, or the Internet, the dominant culture has an undeniable influence on the minds of the general public. With the tactical use of both apparent and subliminal messages, the thought patterns of many individuals have been moulded to believe only one perception of what is morally acceptable. The ideology of masculinity, and the guidelines surrounding its validity, is one of the many societal norms constructed by the media. Over the past fifty years, men’s physiques, weapons, and vehicles, among other things, have undergone a massive transformation in published works.
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This article by Wondemaghen analyzes the theory of claims-making in school shootings and how this leads to the creation of ‘social’ problems. He asserts that these social problems often become the main focus of public attention, omitting objective subjects found in mass shootings. I will try to renovate this theory to show that this distortion of societal problems occurs as a result of social media’s platform of ‘death drive’, which frames only the violent details of school shootings, inevitably leading to arbitrary
I have seen “The Mask You Live In” documentary by director Jennifer Seibel Newsom. After I watched this movie, I can answer for all these questions: what does it mean to become a real man? Can boys cry? And do all fathers on the world can share their emotions to other people? Through the movie, I can image how boys and young men struggle to live with their true-life in American controversial of being a real man.