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dublinben  ·  308 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas: At least 8 killed, sheriff says - CNN

    Is there another way to report on mass murder that doesn't seem like glorifying to you?

Maybe we just shouldn't be reporting on this in the national media. These are always given multiple days of wall-to-wall coverage on cable news. This is known to encourage copycats and attract others to outdo the carnage in previous incidents.

kleinbl00  ·  308 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I care far, far more about kids that can't come home because of Wayne LaPierre's priapism than I do about who the fuck is walking Meghan Markle down the aisle.

tacocat  ·  308 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Suicide clusters among high school kids were drastically reduced when the act was entirely eliminated from local news. I have no idea how you could replicate that since internet fame is a thing and the two are very different things, 20 kids mowed down vs withholding cause of death. It would also require voluntarily standards set by competing networks. Which is impossible

Theory is not unsound though in magic land

kleinbl00  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No fuck that. Every yeehaw gun mutherfucker on here wants to stop talking about it because they don't like to be reminded that their perfectly safe hobby kills children.

We gave a full fuckin week to Baby Jessica trapped in the goddamn well before most of y'all were born. We gave months to Natalee Fucking Holloway. We gave several days to that guy who stole a tank and drove it on the freeway. No copycats anywhere.

Kids are dead. It's news. If news makes you uncomfortable, take it up with your conscience.

tacocat  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not me. I thought it was a good idea until I imagined how impractical it is.

francopoli  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Oliver North will reign in the NRA and make it better /s

rezzeJ  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Union Jack waving intensifies

_refugee_  ·  307 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So I mean, then what's the appropriate radius from an event within which the local news should be allowed to report on it? 25 miles, 50 miles, what? We could limit such news to the boundaries of the school district which is impacted?

Imagine being related to a child who goes to a school at which there was a school shooting and having absolutely no idea about it.

Imagine hearing about school shootings by quality-degraded word-of-mouth instead of on live broadcasts straight from the source or through reading vetted, accurate, news/journalism articles which meet a certain accepted (and removed) standard.

Refusing to run news about such events has easy parallels to outlawing abortion: you're not going to make it stop happening, you're just going to make people have to go about it in messier, more complicated, less convenient, less accurate ways.

A child whose reaction to hearing about another child's suicide is to attempt suicide is a child who needs help, not a child who would be perfectly fine if they hadn't heard about the other one. I assure you the feelings they have which make them think suicide might be a good choice do not suddenly pop up in their skull in response to hearing about someone else who committed it.