Does the media give too much attention to mass shooters?

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  1. Lord Tyrion
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    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

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  2. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...they do-simply because blood, horror, gore, pain and suffering make for great ratings...horrible deaths fascinates many, monsters are much more interesting than warm and fuzzies...and I say that with 35 years experience in the business...

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  3. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    That must be the reason you get the people who slow down and gawk at accident scenes - the gorier the better for them, I guess - fracking rubberneckers!
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  4. Shasta
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    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I think they do. But I also think it's natural because the masses want to know. And I don't think it's because we're all gore watchers. I think society is appalled, wants to sympathize, and really wants to understand why these things happen. It's a terrible cycle.
  5. rudiroo
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    rudiroo Active Member

    Yes, the media is culpable to a degree.
    But not entirely culpable.

    Youth are impressionable and it's easier to gain access to guns in the US Gun homicides and gun ownership listed by country | News | theguardian.com than many other parts of the world.
    But murder (mass or otherwise) by anyone, against anyone has been around for a long time.
    Ditto means, motive & opportunity.

    Global 24/7 media is relatively new invention.
    The atrocities of the French Revolution & Third Reich couldn't be blamed on anybody's media.

    We underestimate the depth of darkness in the that may be found in the human heart at our peril.
    Even a teenage heart.
    So sad.
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  6. Lord Tyrion
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    Lord Tyrion Well-Known Member

    I don't think the media is entirely to blame, but I think these shooters think they're being glorified with the media attention. We have to cover these crimes, but sometimes I think there is this fascination with them that makes me uneasy.
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