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Is media attention to blame for recent mass shootings?

  • Its all about ratings

    The media makes me sick anymore. How many of these similar crimes are committed each day? The media picks and chooses what they want to show and uses the reports that will cause the most audience reaction. The media could care less about humanity, they just need excellent ratings and they will do whatever it takes to get those ratings.

  • Human competitiveness and 15 minutes of infamy.

    Invariably the psychopaths that commit mass shootings have researched and idolized mass shooters before them. They are seeking to outdo them and get thei 15 minutes of infamy, which is more like 48 to 96 hours straight of 24 hour news shows running pro-gun, anti-gun, this gun, that gun shows. They have created celebrities of these shooters. If any amendment should be regulated, it should be the First. And it should be regulated such that the names of mass shooters cannot be publicized.

  • Looking for Attention

    Most of these mass shootings are made by who hate their life and wanting to freate a name for themselves. They feel betrayed by society and seek to kill others for attention. What sells more on media than a mass shooting, nothing. The media covers the shooting and the shooter's name and identity for a week or so. This gives the shooter all he wanted, a name and attention which may have been deprived in hsi life. Copycat killers come from media attention I believe. These shooters would not do this horrible stuff if it would not be on the news headline.

  • Looking for Attention

    Most of these mass shootings are made by who hate their life and wanting to freate a name for themselves. They feel betrayed by society and seek to kill others for attention. What sells more on media than a mass shooting, nothing. The media covers the shooting and the shooter's name and identity for a week or so. This gives the shooter all he wanted, a name and attention which may have been deprived in hsi life. Copycat killers come from media attention I believe. These shooters would not do this horrible stuff if it would not be on the news headline.

  • Media Attention is Causing more Shootings

    The fact that these shootings are getting media attention is the point. Violent school threats have increased by 158% from 2010 to 2011.In recent years, assault by weapon, cases of intimidation and bullying, and alcohol possession have all more than doubled on school properties. These wont stop until we stop them.

  • Out With a Bang

    I fully believe media coverage of the killers spawns and fuels future attacks. Many mass shooting gunmen have said as much. Loners who crave attention, but don't know how or don't have the mental capacity to acquire that attention in the real world, find that they are guaranteed to be remembered because of the blanketing of headlines and 24 news coverage. In their minds, their story of pain, rejection, etc can finally be heard, and although they are gone, they know every person whoever wronged them will feel the weight of what they did.

    Gun laws, mental health privacy, etc. are all topics that are debatable, deeply rooted, and won't change easily in the short term. One thing that CAN change IMMEDIATELY is the mass media response of showcasing any details about the killers.

    ALL major news outlets are here for one reason: Profit from advertising, driven by viewership. Curiosity drives viewers to want to know the details of these shootings. If we collectively and purposefully choose to not watch, listen, share or click on articles about the killers, viewership numbers fall and the media will move on to feed us whatever else is selling. If we as a society declare with our actions that details about the killers is taboo, the media will follow.

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  • Out With a Bang

    I fully believe media coverage of the killers spawns and fuels future attacks. Many mass shooting gunmen have said as much. Loners who crave attention, but don't know how or don't have the mental capacity to acquire that attention in the real world, find that they are guaranteed to be remembered because of the blanketing of headlines and 24 news coverage. In their minds, their story of pain, rejection, etc can finally be heard, and although they are gone, they know every person whoever wronged them will feel the weight of what they did.

    Gun laws, mental health privacy, etc. are all topics that are debatable, deeply rooted, and won't change easily in the short term. One thing that CAN change IMMEDIATELY is the mass media response of showcasing any details about the killers.

    ALL major news outlets are here for one reason: Profit from advertising, driven by viewership. Curiosity drives viewers to want to know the details of these shootings. If we collectively and purposefully choose to not watch, listen, share or click on articles about the killers, viewership numbers fall and the media will move on to feed us whatever else is selling. If we as a society declare with our actions that details about the killers is taboo, the media will follow.

    Found this group today and will support them fully.
    Http://nonotoriety.Com

  • Out With A Bang

    I fully believe media coverage of the killers spawns and fuels future attacks. Many mass shooting gunmen have said as much. Loners who crave attention, but don't know how or don't have the mental capacity to acquire that attention in the real world, find that they are guaranteed to be remembered because of the blanketing of headlines and 24 news coverage. In their minds, their story of pain, rejection, etc can finally be heard, and although they are gone, they know every person whoever wronged them will feel the weight of what they did.

    Gun laws, mental health privacy, etc. are all topics that are debatable, deeply rooted, and won't change easily in the short term. One thing that CAN change IMMEDIATELY is the mass media response of showcasing any details about the killers.

    ALL major news outlets are here for one reason: Profit from advertising, driven by viewership. Curiosity drives viewers to want to know the details of these shootings. If we collectively and purposefully choose to not watch, listen, or click on articles about the killers, viewership numbers fall and the media will feed us whatever is selling. If we as a society make showing any details about the killers taboo, the media will follow.

    Found this group today and will support them fully.
    Http://nonotoriety.Com

  • Hollywood, Media are to Blame

    Hollywood is to blame for a lot of these nuts, they've glorified the bad guys since Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I am 63 years old, a registered Democrat, and the last few years I have been sorry about that! TV and the movies are full of violence. They've taken the bad guy and turned him, or her into a hero. Can't blame only them though, look at the games kids play now on Xbox, Pc's whatever! They glorify killing with no remorse, Quit trying to make new LAWS, instead try teaching kids how to be good, instead of teaching them to KILL

  • Media Just as responsible..

    It's concrete and clear fact that the media has a huge influence in moving people in many ways. The way people are portrayed, whether true or false, becomes truth to the common or less informed as long as its perceived that way from whatever report catches their attention. I feel like instead of trying to threaten gun liberties based off of essentially a "pre-crime" esq base of thinking, we should use facts and move inside of the avenues of influence within our control, media outlets/broadcasting studios. Not saying to threaten our freedom of speech or citizens 'right-o-know", but just better ways to present information that wont glorify, or celebritize evil acts in any way. Every instance of mass shooting or violence has been influenced or encouraged by a perverse way of media presentation and "glorifying" the act in anway stir emotions rather than just report news and move on.

  • I don't think so.

    I don't think that media attention is to blame for recent mass shootings, but I think that seeing the names of past shooters can go to the head of a person who is delusional or has a narcissistic personality. I think we should work on developing a better system for dealing with people who need psychiatric treatment, rather than blame the media for reporting the news.

  • They don't deserve the majority of it

    Fame is certainly part of the incentive for these atrocities, but the media didn't start covering them until they started happening. There are problems far deeper with the people that willingly do these things than TV is going to talk about them for a while. The media goes to great lengths to minimize acknowledgement of the shooters by name and when something as horrific as what just happened happens they cannot ignore it.


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