The Violence Of The Media

908 Words Mar 25th, 2016 4 Pages
From 2000 to 2013 there were a total of 160 active shooter incidents and that number is increasing every year. The main reason shootings have become so prominent is because the media has oversaturated the news with pictures of the shooter, their life stories, and their histories of mental illness. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Park Deitz has repeatedly told the media to localize mass shootings to the area effected because the more they fan the flames across the nation of potential shooters, the greater likelihood that another mass shooting will occur in the following weeks (“Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe 25/03/09”). If the media continues to overflow the minds of their viewers with nothing but 24/7 coverage of mass shooters, then we are increasing the likelihood of someone committing such an atrocity. We need to stop the media from extensively covering these stories of men and woman shooting up the public in order to keep the peace. Many people want to know when a shooting occurs so they are “in the know”, this is completely normal and okay, but when the media plasters the TV screen and websites with nothing but updates and stops all other newsworthy information, it can be excessive. The news should be delivering the news in not only a respectful manner, but also in a consistent manner; but when we have updates every 5 minutes, then the accuracy of the information the media delivers is significantly lower because they are trying to keep the viewers engaged by throwing out small…
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