April 24, 2007

I Thought Cho Tabloidism Was Bad Enough

I just received a press release from WellTunes that I literally could not believe until I read it twice. WellTunes offers New-Agey CDs of music that "brings together modern psychology and Scripture to carry the Word to your heart and mind." Apparently that isn't enough to sell the product, because now Welltunes wants to leverage the Virginia Tech massacre to really convince people that they need WellTunes to avoid becoming a mass murderer. Here's the release:

WellTunes Music Founder is Available for Interviews

The recent massacre at Virginia Tech reveals that severe depression and profound unhap-piness can have horrific consequences.

Although we all seek happiness, why is it that we are ten times more likely to suffer from depression than our grandparents? Having so much more than they did, how did we get to be so unhappy, and how do we change?

Designed by psychologist and radio broadcaster Dr. Roy Vogel, WellTunes Music builds hope, or what Vogel refers to as the "Hope Response". Hope, he says, is essential for happiness and health.

"WellTunes Music is a way to get focused on core beliefs that promote hope. This album provides a structured way to create that much-needed Hope Response," Vogel states.

So instead of Cho tabloidism, we get Cho merchandising? Eight days after one of the worst civilian shootings in our nation's history, WellTunes is using it to sell CDs. What's next -- the Cho blend for coffee, in order to perk you up but not set you off?

Despicable. WellTunes should fire its PR firm and issue an apology to everyone who received this.


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Comments (14)

Posted by Keemo [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 7:41 AM

CE & fellow comrades,

Take a good hard look at this:


I have no words for these juvenile pieces of human waste; no words that I could post without getting banned for life.

Posted by Tom Shipley [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 7:47 AM

"severe depression and profound unhap-piness can have horrific consequences."

Yeah, so go see a freaking doctor.

Posted by rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 8:25 AM

"why is it that we are ten times more likely to suffer from depression than our grandparents?"
1) Oh, I don't know, maybe because of better diagnosis and/or the tendency to label everything nowadays (Teddy Roosevelt did suffer from depression too)

2) Perhaps because our grandparents were busy with things such as WWII, the Great Depression, small pox, and trying to build a country. You know, being productive despite hardships and their own depression. Maybe they had their own coping mechanisms and support systems that we have lost.

Apparently Cho had a bunch of mental health issues. A "think happy, be happy" CD is not the cure.

Posted by docjim505 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 8:27 AM

Despicable. The only thing I could think of that would be in worse taste would be to advertize coffins in this manner.

Posted by quickjustice [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 8:32 AM

Jonathan Kellerman has a great column in the WSJ on how the loonie left and radical libertarians worked together to ensure that we can't lock the crazies up:


Posted by Tom Shipley [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 8:53 AM


You left out "fiscial conservatives."

Do you really care about the plight of the mentally ill in this country, or do you just want to attack the "loonie left"?

Posted by SwabJockey05 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 8:56 AM


Why'd you have to send that link? All it did was make me look for someone to choke. Probably exactly their motive.

Posted by Tom Shipley [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 9:01 AM

Concerning that WSJ article,

Treatment of mental disorders, to me, is one of the more interesting and complex issues. That article does a good job showing the difficulty of finding a good "middle of the road" solution.

But the tough question is, how much do you want to supress or alter the personality of a person with a mental disorder?

In a mild case, there's some CEO of an airline who refuses to take medication for ADD. Says it would change who he is.

Many great artists draw inspiration from their madness. Do we want to sedate these people?

On the other end, you have people like Cho who go on violent killing ramages and people who struggle everyday with depression whom can benefit greatly from treatment and medication.

I don't have any answers, but it's an interesting topic.

Posted by bayam [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 9:20 AM

Why fire the PR firm? This company needs to be blacklisted, the CEO provided the quotes.

As for Daily Kos, you need to read the comments to understand what people thought of that article:

What it needs is flames around his head to show the special place in hell where this monster is right now.

Posted by quickjustice [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 9:44 AM

We ARE sensitive, Tom, aren't we? Yes, Kellerman's article say "fiscal conservatives", in addition to loonie liberals and extreme libertarians, also enabled the shutdown of state mental hospitals en masse. That's a polite way of characterizing the scrooges who didn't want to pay for institutional care for the mentally ill.

You don't know me, but your snark says more about the poisonous brew bubbling around in your brain than about me. I linked to the Kellerman article, because I believe that it accurately describes why we can't lock the crazies up anymore.

If "fiscal conservatives" are among those on Kellerman's short list of those responsible for closing the asylums, let the chips fall where they may.

Posted by akabaseball [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 9:56 AM

The only lesson to be learned in the shootings is: A78 year old man went on the offense to defend himself and those around him. The generational gap between him and his students is the story. Where in that gap did our younger generation become indoctrinated to wait for authority to protect them? I feel sorry for anyone who lost a loved one. I seriously doubt this shooter would have had the balls to do this if he thought people would fight back. I see that the “get in touch with the inner child crap” is having an affect. I do not think Cho would have done this at a Gansta Rap concert. He chose his setting well. The shower scene of psycho was sensational because of the vulnerability of the victim. Protect the 2nd amendment and let Men take pride in their god given protector role.

Posted by akabaseball [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 1:19 PM

Well tunes, is the same feminized nurturing that is making young America shutter behind a desk. Whack Jobs will not buy those CD’s just the next victim. Once again, why didn’t the shooter enter the Virginia Tech Football teams chalk talk session? Because macho men would have put him though a wall in 5 seconds! Pussyfying America and castrating male behavior has been viewed as tolerance. I view it as un natural and naïve.

Posted by SwabJockey05 [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 2:50 PM

baseball brings up an interesting point. If guns were allowed on campus before the shooting...of the students who were shot while cowering in the corner, how many would have actually had a gun?

They should have bum rushed the bastard...and gouged his eyes out.

Posted by akabaseball [TypeKey Profile Page] | April 24, 2007 6:31 PM

If one free scholarship per class were contingent upon that unidentified student being a conceal and carry student, college campus shootings would not end like this one did. I would trade one of the diversity oriented scholarships (revenue neutral) for it. Of course the cowardly killer would just go to the mall.

This would be a solution to campus shootings only! but it is a solution like sky marshals.