Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2002
Suzanne Laba Cataldi
Making a Game of Killing
Fantasy, Reality and the Violence at Columbine High School
This paper focuses on the disturbing mixture of fantasy with reality in the massacre at Columbine, where the perpetrators appear to have made a game or 'fun' of their killing Because of the deception involved and despite their immersion in violent media, I argue that they could not have been totally confused about the difference between play and actual violence. Huizinga's notion of play and Merleau-Ponty's reversibility thesis are applied to the situation.