So I vaguely heard something about another shooting recently and kindly asked not to hear any more…
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a lot of these people who go HAYWIRE and shoot up buildings full of people or commit terrorist acts do so for ONE PRIMARY REASON…
Consider those loooong manifestos they leave, or the nature of the crime, which is usually targeted against one specific group (a race, religion, age group, etc.) containing a statement in and of itself.
Don’t you think that most of these murderers weighed their options and decided it would be worth the risk to commit these horrible acts of violence? I bet you that a large part of that motivation was the infamy and public attention they knew they’d receive from the media and in private conversations.
Let’s also glimpse at the other side of the argument: What are the positive aspects of spreading this story?
- Remembrance of the deceased — but people die everyday and we don’t feel the need to know all their names and remember them if we didn’t know them personally…
- Awareness — though I think we’re all aware that these kinds of bad things happen by now…
It is my opinion/belief that if the cultural norm was for the media to downplay or totally ignore airing such horrible tragedies then we’d have much fewer of them.
What do you think?