Gothic misunderstanding

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While the country mourns the Dawson College killings, and television stations scramble to create heinous logos to advertise their coverage (CTV is using a crosshair superimposed over a fleur-de-lis), it makes me sad that once again, although still early, attention is focused on the killer's association with "Goth culture" rather than making any intelligent attempts to understand the circumstances that led to that troubled man's horrific decision. The so-called Goth websites that he blogged on, have nothing to do with the realities of that subculture. This happened happened after Columbine too. Being a Goth is not about violence or murder, in fact it's pretty much the direct opposite. Yes, there is a fascination with death, but it has more to do with a lack of fear of examining issues that the general population finds too disturbing or "dark" to discuss. Gothic culture has a long and respected history that has influenced literature, music, film and fashion. It's about individualism over consumerism, and no, Marilyn Manson isn't goth, but Keats' poetry is.

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