MEDIA MADNESS

Problem

Why is it that following acts of violence, which causes multiple deaths, the media keeps mentioning the perpetrator? These people who commit crimes are sick people seeking attention and the media gives it to them every time. We need to have conversations with friends and colleagues about this problem.

CITY IMAGES proposes that these criminals be left in the shadows to lurk in their own darkness. The emotional crescendo of family friends and our nation is understandable following tormented losses, most of which are caused by the growing access of guns in this country.

Whenever a mass shooting happens, people naturally look for things to blame. Here are some of the claims: video games, drugs, alcohol, mental illness, firearms... etc.

To make the case that media coverage of violence is inspiring additional violence, it would need to be shown that there are crimes that otherwise would not have happened if not for news coverage.

Criminals easily provide readily accessible fodder that was never available in the past. YouTube videos about their motivations uploaded to public spaces, Facebook pages with photos, and often years' worth of electronic communications in the form of chat forum transcripts, emails, texts and manifestos.

Nearly 100 Americans are shot every day. The public should demand that this madness must stop.

When You Can't Look Away Online: The Danger of Auto-Playing Video http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/snuff-film-unavoid...

The Associated Press ‏@AP VIDEO: Va. shooter hoped his video would go viral, but social media users urged restraint in sharing it: http://apne.ws/1PByW26

Outrage Over Images of TV Shooting on Newspaper Front Pages http://nyti.ms/1U8rH8l

Comments

The wrong media coverage

I agree that it's time the media stop bombarding us with photos and coverage of the accused murderers, terrorists, etc. Stop giving them coverage and they may stop doing the crimes because they won't be in the spotlight. I no longer want to watch "news" because it's not new and the media focuses on the wrong part of the "story".
Maybe if one network would take the lead and be bold enough to only focus on the victims then that would be news and other networks would follow.
Bill N

Media is the problem

Media coverage fuels the flames of these wackos who are seeking the 15 minutes of fame.