Once again psychotic rage rises up to preempt our attention. Real blood splatters innocents enjoying movie mayhem and sets off another round of parsing a twisted soul?s life and motives.
In coming days, curiosity about the ?Batman? killer will sweep aside everyday anxieties to swamp us with unanswerable questions about mental illness, popular culture, gun control and the degradation of American life.
James Holmes will join Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in dominating the Google universe, leaving them--and us--helpless to do more than express shock and grief in a literally unspeakable situation.
As HBO?s ?Newsroom? ends its weekly installment of agitating us into reflection about our media diet with last year?s Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Arizona, our nerve endings are now in a Denver suburb.
Slowly, the victims will acquire names, faces and life histories to let us mourn themas real people rather than statistics, but what then?
In time, the unspeakable will exhaust its 15 minutes and we can go back to worrying about the presidential campaign and who is sleeping with whom in Aaron Sorkin?s fevered imagination.
The darkness will still be out there.
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