1. Slightly macabre subject matter I accept, but it’s surprising how quickly the Wikipedia entry on the Virginia shootings has been compiled.
I obviously can’t vouch for the accuracy of the information, but in a short space of time it’s become incredibly comprehensive and the tone emphasises fact over opinion, as you’d expect.
A good example of how quickly something can be created when people are given the tools to collaborate.
The school shooting at Virginia Tech has led to an outpouring of emotion, not just at the school or even the United States, but across the world. And, as is often the case when confronted by such circumstances, people have found different ways of coping with the tragedy. Some have chosen anger, some unfortunate outbursts. Others, however, have found more unique ways of dealing with the events.
Over at MTV, Stephen Totilo has a nice story up about a Virginia Tech teacher who, upon encountering a small tribute to the dead in Second Life, has built a memorial wall out of ‘Hokie Stone’, which is used in nearly all the buildings on the university’s campus. Added to this wall is a script that allows visitors to leave messages.
Say what you will about Second Life, but there’s something strangely touching about this. A lot of people that have been deeply affected by the tragedy live nowhere near Virginia Tech, yet something like this allows for a great sense of, as the wall’s builder puts it, “solidarity”, which is something I bet a lot of people could do with right now.