Stephen King examins Cho Seung-Hui

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Stephen King examins Cho Seung-Hui

In the wake of the recent Virginia Tech murders, novelist Stephen King has contributed his thoughts on the links between the creativity and real life violence.

This comes after speculation as to if the writings of Cho Seung-Hui should have raised alarms in the English department.

"My own college writing - including a short story called ''Cain Rose Up'' and the novel RAGE - would have raised red flags, and I'm certain someone would have tabbed me as mentally ill because of them"

"Cho doesn't strike me as in the least creative, however. Dude was crazy."

I have read a couple of plays written by Cho, and I find them to be more like the ramblings of a juvenile with an over-active imagination than that of a senior. You can grab the play scripts here and decide for yourself.

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Sunday 22nd April 2007 | 08:40 PM

It didn't take long for the finger to be pointed towards video games. Counterstrike has already">been singled out.

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Tuesday 24th April 2007 | 11:35 PM

and before video games what was to blame?

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Wednesday 27th June 2007 | 06:40 PM

Wow...that was some of the worst writing I've ever had the misfortune of beating my eyes against. From what I've heard this kid was apparently an English major. Has the school system really fallen so far as to let impetuous retardation pass it self off as talent? Oh hell, I’m not going to lie, no big surprise in that department. This is the kind of stuff that makes me lose faith in humanity though.

Well after laughing at the stupid for a while here's my assessment on the matter. He possessed an extraordinary lack of talent and as a result laded his writing with profanity to conceal the fact. More simply, and as perfectly stated by Steven King, dude was crazy.

And thanks for posting some of his writing. I couldn’t find it anywhere.

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Nate >.>

Tuesday 8th April 2008 | 05:23 PM response to this comment by andrew. Well before games it was probably TV, or movies.

Before that......violent radio broadcasts? I don't know how violent Dr Who and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy got back in the ol' days on BBC radio but you never know.

Before that.......violent newspaper articles.

Before that.......violent cave drawings.

Before that.......who knows? (But you get the idea)



Wednesday 11th March 2009 | 11:48 PM
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Violence can result from brain dysfunction, although social and evolutionary factors also contribute. Study of the neurobehavioral aspects of violence, particularly frontal lobe dysfunction, altered serotonin metabolism, and the influence of heredity, promises to lead to a deeper understanding of the causes and solution of the problem of violence.

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