There are about 12 million Call of Duty players out there.
There are over 10 million World of Warcraft subscribers.
Let us assume that Glitterface Twinkleshine was driven by his love of WoW to begin his rampage. That still leaves over 10 million subscribers who didn't wig out and kill anyone.
This is exactly the same thing as blaming the guns.
Do the right thing, Big Media. For the children?
What we don't need is laws banning broadcast and publishing of certain items.
What we don't need is a different deodand to blame.
Unfortunately there's definitely a causal relationship between the media's reporting on these events and the next Mr Twinkleshine. I don't propose we force the media to do what's right. I propose they step up like decent human beings.
For the childern, Big Media, for the children.
It occurs that the way the media reports on such things in a way that aggrandizes the shooter is very similar to yelling fire in a crowded theater. They often cite that as a limitation on the first amendment while calling for limitations on the second. Except that prior restraint was shot down more than once by the Supreme Court.
What I'd like is for the media to recognize that the manner of their reporting, in order to score points against the pro-gun side is having the result of creating the very thing we both wish to stop happening. Assuming that they really do wish to see it stop. The cynic in me thinks they are perfectly happy to have these slaughters so they can continue to score their talking points against guns.
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