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MrGrimm888's avatar

Does the media have a role, in the motivation of a mass shooter?

Asked by MrGrimm888 (16689points) February 25th, 2018

Or mass murderer, or killer…

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ragingloli's avatar

As much as video games, violent movies, hip hop music, and degenerate unchristian books.
It all needs to be thrown on a big pile and burned, and information and news needs to be tightly controlled by the ministry of truth. Praise Jaysoos!

seawulf575's avatar

Other than being an outlet to get their 15 minutes of fame? Probably not.

kritiper's avatar

Along with so many other things, yes.

filmfann's avatar

Some news outlets no longer give names or pictures of the shooters. I think this is very wise.

gorillapaws's avatar

No, I’m sure it’s God punishing us for gay marriage.

MrGrimm888's avatar

I know that Dylan Roof, was trying to start a race war. He chose a specific church, and specific targets, to make a political statement. It seems like he knew that the press would spread his agenda. If not for the coverage, I wonder if he would have done things the same…

Terrorist organizations frequently use the media (in some form) to take credit for attacks.

Loli. I’m not attacking free press. I’m trying to delve into what effect having your picture, and name all over the media for months has on the type of person who would commit these mass killings…

I was surprised that the Vegas shooter, didn’t leave some ranting manifesto. I kind of expected that…

MrGrimm888's avatar

@filmfann . That’s what I was getting at…

SQUEEKY2's avatar

In some twisted sort of way probably a bit yup, I think it’s great when the press won’t give names and photos of these nut jobs.

flutherother's avatar

Why not hush up details of the victims and their relatives as well and just pretend it never happened.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Japanese use honorific terms when referring to people. In English it is like saying, Mr, or Mrs, or Madam, or other titles. When a criminal is captured, the news media refer to them without using the proper honorific. For example: they referred to the leader of a terrorist organization only by his name: asahara . It was a sign of disrespect and loathing.
We need titles like that. “The friendless, nutjob entered the school and…”

elbanditoroso's avatar

I think there is some effect, but probably less than is thought.

We had mass shootings long before the internet (think: Univ. of Texas in 1966 – link” ) and Cal State FUllerton massacre in 1976 link which were long before the internet and pervasive mass media.

The common tie is a nut with gun.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I think it clearly does and sadly it works to the advantage of the media.

MrGrimm888's avatar

@LuckyGuy . I guess I’d prefer some sort of disrespect, to simply eliminating it…

Not sure how to accomplish this in our culture…

LuckyGuy's avatar

@MrGrimm888 Our language doesn’t have the added dimension of formality like Japan.
The press can modify the name to something embarrassing and disrespectful like calling the latest shooter: Dick-o-less Ooze, for example.
The true name would not be used so the perp wouldn’t get to enjoy the 15 minutes of infamy.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Yeah. It’s difficult in our culture to shame a person.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@MrGrimm888 Yep. Someone can go bankrupt 4 times, be married 3 times, be accused of groping dozens of women and brag about it on camera – and still be voted president on a family values platform.
Maybe it’s our culture that has no shame.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Then again…I would not exactly trust our culture with such shaming language.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me Sadly we’d immediately have a race to the bottom.
It used to be “Would the distinguished Senator from XYZ care to address the senate on the topic of ABC?”

Now it’s: “He’s a nervous Nellie, I watched him backstage, he’s a mess, the guy’s a total mess. I joked recently, could you imagine Putin sitting there waiting for a meeting, and XXXXX walks in and he’s totally drenched? I don’t know what it is but I have never seen a human being sweat like this man sweats.” (Said while swinging a water bottle around and tossing it at the front of the stage.)
(And people voted for him!)

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