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Is the media to blame for mass shootings as the NRA would have you believe? Via Mediaite:
Park Dietz, a forensic psychologist, believes that to fix that trend two major steps must be taken: a return to the “emotional tone” of reporting on these events and a reduction or elimination of biographical and identifying information about the shooter. Dietz believes the media culture now helps “incentivize those rare individuals who might be prepared to act similarly.” According to Dietz,”No amount of fulfillment of morbid curiosity is worth more lives.”
Kelly believes along with the cries for increased gun legislation in America, “there are also angry calls for a new journalism.” People were angered by images of reporters in Connecticut interviewing terrified children and are “calling for an end to news as spectacle.”
Read the full piece at Salon, here.
I'm of a mixed mind about the idea of interviewing children. On one hand, they should be protected. But they were also witnesses and their parents were asked for permission before a microphone whipped out.
But the idea that violent imagry is entirely responsible for escallated violence is correlational, ignoring a variety of factors including the ballooning population of the planet and people being forced into conflict due to a simple lack of space.