Reuters Violence, so the saying goes, begets violence. Now evidence is emerging that suggests even the reporting of violence can trigger further attacks.
Using a mathematical contagion model typically applied to the spread of diseases, the study found that 30 percent of mass killings and 22 percent of school shootings appeared to have been inspired by previous events.
One possible reasonsays lead author Sherry Towers, is media coverage. Towers and her colleagues found that 13 days was the period of contagion in which a copycat killer or shooter might most likely strike. That length of time is problematic in the current media landscape, in which journalists tweet breaking news as it unfolds and seek to scoop other reporters by a matter of seconds.
There are also other reasons reporters who cover mass shootings—such as the one Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, in which at least 10 people are believed dead—must use caution, journalism experts and gun-violence prevention advocates say.
Media experts and gun-prevention advocates say journalists must use caution when reporting on mass shootings and high-profile killings, such as the one near Roanoke, Virginia in August, pictured here. The media does not cause violence. Violence has existed for thousands of years before the media was even thought up as a thing. In fact people were much more violent before the media. There was torture, gruesome killings, and mutilations. Things like that still occur none of the less. View Notes - 06 Does Media Violence Lead to the Real ashio-midori.com from COMM at Wayne State University. SECTIONS HOME SUBSCRIBE NOW SEARCH OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR EDITORIAL ON THE GROUND OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR.
In August, that was the case as well at WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia, where reporters had to cover the killings of two of their own after on-air shootings. On the Dart Center websiteShapiro and Dr. ABC said it discovered the faxed manifesto two hours after the incident. The outlet contacted the police and provided the fax to them, and only published the manifesto in part.
Mental health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere have said that suicide can also be contagious, and reporters must be wary when covering this as well.
Sadly, there is no shortage of examples.Feb 18, · The question at the heart of this topic is: "Does media violence lead to real-world violence?" In this case, the "pro" side believes that violent entertainment causes violent behavior, while the "con" side believes that it does not.
Other research has found that exposure to media violence can desensitize people to violence in the real world and that, for some people, watching violence in the media becomes enjoyable and does not result in the anxious arousal that would be expected from seeing such imagery.
View Notes - 06 Does Media Violence Lead to the Real ashio-midori.com from COMM at Wayne State University. SECTIONS HOME SUBSCRIBE NOW SEARCH OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR EDITORIAL ON THE GROUND OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR. Gentile highlights that high exposure to media violence is just one of the risk factors for increased aggression and should neither raise special concern or dismissal relative to other risk factors.
We’ve become accustomed the notion that media violence is bad for children, and that exposure to it can lead to all kinds of problems, including violent behavior.
does not need to look very far to experience the darker side of social media use. News reports of cyberbullying, gang violence, criminal activity, and suicide fueled by social media .