Monday, December 10, 2007

i have a serious question

... or two... in regards to all the media attention that is given to people who go on killing spree's.. you know, like the recent mall shooting in nebraska.

why is it that the killer is the one who gets the most national attention? don't you think the attention should go to the victims? don't you think that any and all news stories should be related to the victims, so that other potential shooters see that they get no "glory" when they do something similar?

i have often wondered that if we stopped reporting on these incidents altogether, do you think that they would stop happening? or would we just stop hearing about them?

14 comments:

carrie said...

I have no idea, but I get what you're saying. It's sad either way.

Becky said...

i'm not really sure. i think the victims SHOULD get talked about more than the killer. sadly that doesn't happen

Elizabeth (Table for Five) said...

I agree 100 percent. But I think it gives people a sense of "justice being served" if they hear about how the killer is being prosecuted. Talking about how a talented, promising high school student had her life snuffed out by a crazy person just makes people sad, I think.

Badness Jones said...

Sigh. I don't have an answer, but this is exactly why I don't watch the news.

Karen said...

I know Fox News didn't mention the Nebraska Mall shooters name for the first 48 hours for that exact purpose. They didn't want to give him any "glory".

But you are right. Come to think about it, I don't know a single thing about any victim.

norcalgirl28 said...

I do not think the killer should be mentioned at all, except maybe to say a nineteen year old from Nebraska. Victims should be named and remembered and talked about. The guy in Nebraska flat out said in his note that he knew he was now going to be famous. Killers shouldn't KNOW that they are going to be famous!!!

Alison said...

The media is ridiculous. I know more about Jennifer Love Hewitt's big ass than I do about the Nebraska mall shooting. Plus, the fact that it's OKAY to call a presidential candidate a bitch...well, that about sums up our media.

Stephanie A. said...

I wonder if they do not talk about the victims as much out of respect for the family? I know the last thing I would want is to have lost someone and then to have them become semi-famous only because of their loss. The way the media works right now is just not going to honor anyone deserving, IMHO.

As for giving attention to the killers being a reason why more of them happen, I'm not sure I agree. I think for some killers that might be the case (those seeking attention), but some people just snap or maybe they have had the urges all along and will do what they do because it is in them. Still, I do not think that as a society we need that focus on the killers. It is not healthy and I feel like it kind of spreads an unnecessary fear.

Jill said...

It all boils down to what the call newsworthy and what will sell the news. Maybe that is harsh to the media but why sensationalize it. It is all about going out in a blaze of glory, some are better about it than others but the shooters life is taken apart piece by piece relative by relative. Victims are just mentioned. our right Jenn, it needs to change.

Angelika said...

I think we'd just stop hearing about it. It would not stop.

Andie said...

I definitely think that if the media would just leave it the hell alone, then it probably wouldn't happen as much.

RWA said...

There should be more about the victims. I thought that the news did a fairly decent job of that with the shooting at Virginia Tech.

I know, locally, they did with the victims of the bombing by Eric Rudolph.

However, I think folks need to know about these things and what is going on. The focus should be less on the criminal - but people should be told.

Meg said...

It's horrible and I think it's one reason that people commit these crimes -- all for the fame, even if it's after they're dead. I haven't heard the latest, as I don't have electricity, but I'm sure it's as crazy as usual.

Anonymous said...

The focus is on the killer because he is the only one who made a conscious choice. The victims did not DO anything--they are boring.

At least the killer got off his butt and made a difference in the world.