Salutations populace of Dawson,
T’is a sad day for Dawson! A little over four years ago, a very troubled man entered within Dawson’s walls and forever into its history and its soul. We should never think about that event without pausing to remember the brutal murder on that sad day of one of our own, Anastasia de Sousa, as well as the wounding of many others, and, ultimately, the terrorization of our school and our city. Last week, as I opened my Facebook, my news feed was jammed with people hating on an on-line game that apparently lets you re-enact the day of the “Dawson shooting”. There has since been major news coverage on this matter, even in the national media like CBC and Radio Canada. Since then, it has been the talk of the town around here. You can even read about the actual game in this week’s edition of The Plant on page 4.
Let’s pause for a minute and look more closely at the situation. All in all, the game is a regular shooting game. Games like this have existed for years. I have played similar games; many, if not most of you, have played similar games. Why is it such a big deal now? Is it because the shooting is too fresh in our minds? Is it because it’s the “Dawson shooting”, and therefore a little too close to home, a little too personal? How come people don’t mind playing shooting games about the Iraq war? As I see it, over 100,000 Iraqis have been brutally murdered by all sides since George Bush invaded. And, people are still getting killed today in that country. How come no one is complaining about games like Call of Duty, Modern Warfare II? Hell, you can shoot, maim, and murder lots of Iraqis every day with that game. Is that not the same thing? Is that not wrong?
Now don’t get me wrong; I don’t feel that this particular game (or Call of Duty) should exist. However, to give it this much attention is even worse. With all the publicity, more people will be inclined to play it and see what all the hype is about. I personally believe that the game was created by a Troll (one who posts a deliberately provocative message with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument). I’m sure that the person who created this game had the full intention of creating this reaction. And one thing I’ve learned is that you should never feed the Trolls. Sadly, that is what we’re doing. For some reason or another, we keep feeding it, and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. The best thing to do is ignore the whole situation and it will die out like every other thing in this world.
So, in my humble opinion, I don’t want to think too much about the game. It’s just a game. What’s more important is to think about how to stop the real killing, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and, yes, here in Canada.
Stay Classy Dawson…Word to your mothers!
Samuel Lavigne Schmidt