Digital Publishing and Why the YouTube Shooter Opened Fire

Nasim Aghdam is a 21st-century Willy Loman, the hapless protagonist of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

The eccentric vegan activist who shot up the headquarters of online video giant YouTube epitomized today’s forgotten man – or, perhaps, the forgotten woman, as is the more accurate case.

Not long after Aghdam’s shooting, which left none dead but herself, did her attempted murder spree drop from headlines. At a time when any crime involving a firearm is scrupulously deconstructed to establish a case for curtailing the Second Amendment, Aghdam’s was not. This, despite her easily purchasing a 9mm Smith and Wesson under her own name at a local dealer shortly before her fatal scheme.