Friday, May 05, 2006

Bowling for Columbine...

I wanted to write about this for sometime. I might strike the wrong note with some people but neverthless. I had watched this movie called "Bowling for Columbine" by Michael Moore (of Farenheit 9/11 fame) along time back...

I was quite intrigued by the same. Its abut the "Columbine High School massacre" occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, USA. Two kids, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who were frustrated about the society, the colleages, teachers and all decided to kill tham all...

Early warning signs regarding the attacks first surfaced in 1996 when Eric Harris created a private website on America Online. It included small journal entries concerning his thoughts on parents, school, and friends. It also contained instructions on how to make explosives. On that fateful day, they entered the college and fired mercilessly in the cafeteria, library and other areas and finally committed suicide in the library.

This sparked off debates regarding gun control laws and the availability of firearms in the United States. On the view of youth and how this was all a result of their exposure to violent movies and video games, death metal and loose family ties.

But Micheal Moore criticized the most basic aspect of the same. Fear. Not in the minds of those kids, but in the minds of American people that make them pass laws like the second ammendment, making it legal for a white man to carry guns...

"Bowling for Columbine" is how the boys went bowling before the massacre. It focuses not much on why the kids did it, but with America's infactuation with guns... About what is it that Americans fear so much as to buy guns. It refutes the idea that it is violent cinema or death metal groups that drive the kids to do these, but the prevalent sense of vulnerability that a common American feels... Here are some cuts from the movie.

This is Hilarious...


This is unbelievably true...


This incident also triggered off a lot of rock songs based on the same, a couple are given below.

1. "Jeremy" by PerlJam


2. "Youth of the Nation" by P.O.D


Listen to the lyrics carefully... they are awsome or find the lyrics in the below links.

for Jeremy lyrics, click here...
for Youth of the Nation,click here...

2 comments:

jackben said...

Hi this is my all time favourite song - our band use to perform this song....and its ranking 1 for me - jack

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