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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Doodles of Doom in Retrospect

I think we had a great body of entries for the Doodles of Doom contest, but if I run one again, I’m inviting this guy to play. If you follow the links, I think that everyone would admit that he would have been in the running for the top spot.

And, now, bringing it all home: of all the people that came through and viewed those pictures, how many of them thought that those sketches represented something dangerous, threatening, or scary? The young man who was suspended from school for sketching a “laser gun” on his homework doesn’t sound any more dangerous or frightening than the people who entered this contest; his doodle no more dangerous than any other piece of paper with scribblings on it.

I leave room to consider that there were extenuating circumstances: did he write something threatening to the teacher? Has he displayed a real weapon in the classroom before? Was there something to make the faculty of the school believe that it wasn’t a drawing of a gun, but a threat to a specific individual? Obviously, the view from the news stories is going to be limited, but his mother seemed awfully credible when she said that wasn’t the case and that all he had done was draw a laser gun on his homework.

I’ve known parents who won’t let their children play with anything that approximates a gun, though, and I know the animosity some people have towards guns. I can easily imagine that animosity spilling over to an irrational response in a school and blaming that response on some zero tolerance rules related to some high profile school shooting. If the kid had actually brought in a functional weapon, I would understand the response; but I’m guessing that if he had brought in one live round, the response would have been even more over the top. And exactly how dangerous is that .45 ACP round without a weapon to shoot it from?

This kind of fear of guns isn’t based on anything rational; it’s born of emotions unfettered by thought and propped up with a tremendous amount of ignorance.

Anyway, if you think that this was fun and would like to play again, give me your suggestions and I’ll be happy to host them.

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Sketches of attractive large-breasted naked women.

on Aug 30 2007 @ 11:09 AM

Hmmm. I’ll consider it, but I am trying to stay semi-family-friendly.

on Aug 30 2007 @ 11:48 AM

I’m friendly, and I have a family. If I promise only to become semi-aroused, will that do?

on Aug 30 2007 @ 12:43 PM

I will not let me children play with anything that approximates a gun.  I will, however, send them off with my friend Matt who is one of the world’s highest ranked shooters (of some sort) for a gun safety and training day, shooting soda cans and learing by the way of the watermelon what a gun can do to a head.  See, I think that guns are fine, if you need them, but I don’t want my kids thinking they’re FUN in away way.  I’m not saying they can’t be, I just don’t think they should be kid sorts of fun, that’s all.

on Aug 30 2007 @ 02:23 PM

I liked guns, then again Megatron was a gun and that gives me a major bias

on Aug 30 2007 @ 03:01 PM

David, I’ve seen the exact same events with respect to the son of a close friend.  Schools are indeed run by people as stupid as it appears.

on Aug 30 2007 @ 03:27 PM

A photoshop (err, in my case, GIMP) contest, a-la Fark?

Of course, Robert’s idea is fine with me.

Have to think of something having alliteration. Paintings of Poignance? Pastiches of Pirates? Pastiche Paintings of Poignant Pirates, eating Pistachios? Inks of Irritation?

on Aug 30 2007 @ 04:07 PM
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