Columbine's Most Wanted?

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Columbine's Most Wanted? is an essay by Peter Guerin.

Written in the recent aftermath of the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting, it argued against the idea Daria or other 'dark' media like it had inspired the massacre, as well as discusses Guerin's own experiences of bullying.

While nobody appears to have blamed Daria for anything at the time, it could have plausibly been targeted. Other media (like Marilyn Manson) was fixed on as a potential 'cause', due to early reports - later proven wrong - that the killers had been a goth-metal group called the Trench Coat Mafia. (It would also be found that the killers were not actually outcasts at school, a view that drove most of the reporting at the time and became a prevailing myth about school shootings for years.)

This essay was quoted in Kathy Newman's 2003 academic essay "Misery Chick: Irony, alienation, and animation in MTV's Daria" when discussing the fandom.


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