Thursday, April 19, 2007

American psycho, or last name first

For about an hour last night, the Times site had as its central image the Virginia Tech killer, inset with a close-up from Park Chanwook's Oldboy. Both men wield hammers, though the images aren't direct echoes; was this news, or guesswork? Should it have had the Times imprimatur? Homegirl Cathy weighs in on this troubling juxtaposition at her blog. She also says some important things about the Korean guilt factor.

As some time passes, the tag "South Korean student" is getting used less—I have obvious problems with such an identification—but why are we still hearing about him last name first, Asian style?


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