Saturday, November 3, 2018
this occurred to me months ago when the first school shootings happened, and I keep thinking of it, every time another mall, or drive in, or church is attacked: less publicity means less copycat crimes.
Years ago if a child committed suicide, one of the things the local papers did, was play it down. sometimes not even mention cause of death for several days. It was a policy among news people that suicides and out of control killers would go unrecorded for a certain length of time, to keep other people from thinking, "hey, I could do that too".
I just get this image of gun soaked Angry Men watching the videos, and the news, and the flashing lights and sirens and thinking, "oh wow. That is so cool...I'm gonna get me some ammo..."
It isn't news, it's pandering. It's drawing readers, but since anyone, anywhere, can read this stuff online, you now get the news from all over the country, where before it was mostly local and brief.
Too much information, and too many vulnerable people reading about it.
Posted by mittens at 10:46 AM