In the hyperaccelerated world of "news," my topic -- the Littleton, Colo., massacre -- may seem dated. But in living rooms, classrooms, legislatures and, of course, on the Net, the aftershocks are still reverberating

I was in a hotel room in California when I saw the news of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's attack at Columbine High School. A lot of reports moved me, but I also witnessed more than a few that sickened me -- the journalism that is, not the events.

I can't forget the words of one particular CNN talking head. Commenting on the fact that some kids used their cellular phones to call the media during the massacre, he called it "our first interactive siege," as if this was a milestone in reportage.