The media needs to change how it covers mass shootings, writes Zeynep Tufekci for the Atlantic. Her reasoning: coverage of mass shootings may inspire more shootings, much as coverage of teen suicides in the 1980s inspired more teen suicides.
Tufekci suggests four actions relating to media coverage that may help prevent copycat mass shootings:
First: law enforcement and those who have knowledge of an attack ought to refrain from giving out details on both the method and manner of an attack.
Second: the social media accounts of the killers ought to be pulled.
Third: the name of the killer ought to held for a period of time.
Fourth: the media ought to stop interviewing survivors immediately after a tragedy.
Each step, Tufekci concedes, is an imperfect means of limiting information. But making the facts hard to come by could discourage potential shooters. Currently, all available information is promoted by the media to create a dramatic spectacle, glamorizing the shooting.
Via the Atlantic