Updated Monday morning, May 26, 2014.
So much still needs sorting out and naturally, here on the web, many people are trying to sort it out without waiting for all the facts to come in and this is leading to opinionizing and guesswork and hobby-horse riding getting tweeted and Facebooked and blogged about as if it’s fact and getting in the way of the sorting out. And probably, and sadly, the usual will result. By the time the facts are known, we’ll have all moved on to other things.
In the meantime this is what we do, talk about something awful and confounding as if talking is the same as knowing, because we’re human and we want to know. We need to know. And there are things we can know already.
This post by Anne Theriault at her blog the Belle Jar, Elliot Rodger and Men Who Hate Women, is one of the best things I’ve read so far on the killer. Without forcing her conclusions on anyone else, Theriault does a very good job of introducing readers to the hate for women Rodger was filling his head with. But as you’ll figure out when you get to the end of the post, there’s a reason I’m grateful to Theriault for what she’s written besides what I’ve learned about the Men’s Rights community online---if you can call an aggregation of disaffected, anti-social, emotionally stunted narcissists a community.
ETA: A few people have been commenting to tell me that I’m wrong about Elliot not having a mental illness, as his family members have reported to the media that he had Asperger syndrome. Asperger syndrome is not a mental illness – it is a neurological condition, and it does not predispose people to violence. Correlating Asperger’s with violence is wrong and uninformed and you are doing more harm than good by saying that.
Read the whole post, which among its other virtues, shows why blogging is still more useful than Twittering but also, because I came across it by following someone's RT, one of the ways Twitter is useful.
Echidne has taken the time to do some of the sorting out: The Day Of Retribution. On Elliot Rodger, the Butcher of Santa Barbara.
And there's this very sad sidebar at Baxblog: The UCSB shooter killed one of our regulars.
Hat tip to Peter Daou.