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DiminishingInsanity

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The Media Effect
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:44:25 AM »
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Police in Aurora, Colorado, say 71 people were shot in movie theater massacre: 12 were killed, and 59 were injured.

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At least seven people, including a gunman shot by a police officer, have been killed in an attack on worshipers at a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Sunday, police said.

Does anybody besides me wonder if the way the media is handling the Aurora case prompted this? The media effect is an observable phenomena. A correlation between media sensationalizing and copycat crimes was observed during the columbine schools massacres, and also suicides, so why are we doing it again? Why does James Holmes get a televised trial with great close ups so we can all ooo and ahhh at all his spaced out expressions? Why does he get to be called "The Joker" by the reporters? This guy has become a sensation. How many copycat shootings are we going to see? Does anybody besides me see something wrong with this picture, or am I just seeing phantoms?
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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 09:48:17 AM »
I certainly think the media circus surrounding Aurora may have contributed to this latest outrage. However, it's only a certain, one in a million kind of person who would do something like this anyway, so the effect would not be massive. Maybe it was going to happen anyway, but the media effect brought it forward by a few weeks or months.

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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2012, 07:48:07 PM »
Maybe, there was an increase in frequency of school shootings after Columbine and also with suicides when the media sensationalized them, but the truth is such incidents are becoming so common nowadays it's hard to discern a direct connection. In any case I remain very much opposed to how the media is handling the Aurora case.
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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2012, 08:00:20 PM »
I'm sure the media played apart in the latest tragedy, but I don't think they caused it.  Unfortunately,, the individuals who commit these types of atrocities become famous or infamous.

One a side note: When I lived in the SF Bay Area, the number of people who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge was quickly approaching a milestone number.  The local news agreed to stop reporting suicides because it was believed that it would encourage people to jump who would have considered other options.

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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2012, 05:04:04 AM »
I noticed this on a CNN forum.

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A person hurts another person for two reasons:

1. he wants to.

2. he can.

We cannot create a world in which he cannot. So all we are left with is to try to create a world in which he will not want to.

I wonder why we tolerate hate groups. All the warning signs were there for both shooters and nobody did anything about it. At times I think free speech needs to be more limited. We basically have criminal organizations that are spewing their rhetoric and influencing our youths in the wrong direction and we give them the right. So much more should be done
« Last Edit: August 07, 2012, 09:43:34 AM by DiminishingInsanity »
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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2012, 08:22:51 PM »
I like the quote from the CNN forum. I've not seen the guy, James, on TV since the first time he was in court. That's because I rarely watch the news. The 6 o'clock, 10 o'clock, and any other time it comes on, is all about tragedy and I try not to bring that energy into my space.

Some people watch the news because they want to be informed, but the various stations in and around your town are competing for viewers so the majority of the information they broadcast must have an almost "reality show" effect to keep the viewers.

This is why I only watch certain channels, ie., History, Animal Planet, TV Land, ESPN, and a few others for Sports. I don't even like following the elections on CNN because all the candidates do is verbally attack one another.

I'd rather watch an old "Leave-It-To-Beaver" or "Andy Griffith" or "Dick Van Dyke Show" episode, than watch the news.
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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2012, 08:11:23 PM »
The media is ridiculous.  They are the reason why people are getting flustered about all this and wanting to overreact.  What happened was a tragedy but then the media goes out with these absurd stats and passes them like truth.  They know 80 people shot will sound more serious than 6 people shot and it will cause more people to change to their channel.

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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012, 10:57:16 PM »
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Man in Joker makeup arrested at Florida theater.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/05/justice/florida-joker-arrest/index.html?iref=obinsite

And the beat goes on ...
« Last Edit: September 09, 2012, 03:04:57 AM by DiminishingInsanity »
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Re: The Media Effect
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2012, 04:48:39 PM »
If anyone watched the show on HBO called The Newsroom you will get a pretty decent insight as to how this all goes.  It is all about the ratings and making sure people are watching you.  They had a big episode about the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and how NPR used an anonymous source to say she had died so all the other media outlets were reporting she was dead but their organization was waiting for double confirmation.

The head marketing guy was fuming because they wouldn't say she had died and they lost a bunch of viewers...then they found out from the doctor that she was in surgery and going to live so they were the first to report it truthfully instead of running with some nonsensical data.


 

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