Relating to the latest mass shooting, having observed the various newspapers fighting for newsstand dominance with the catchiest headline and tv networks outdoing each other in quest of audience share with the interminableness of their coverage, I couldn't help realizing this was the perfect, most elegant hypocrisy. Forget about gun control as a solution to the mass shooting epidemic. It's the media coverage that is the reward for these actions. Without the headlines and celebrity there would be little reason for these lonely white boys to carry out their fantasies. Surely the newspaper and television people know this, yet they continue providing the incentive. With every word of calculated regret and expression of horror, with the very same breath, they are setting the stage for the next one.
As I ate my public breakfast this morning surrounded by tv's, a woman down the way said in disgust of a talking head, “It's them that's causing it.” It was the first time I'd ever heard anybody point out that very obvious fact.
The only logical conclusion to draw is that it is intentional, else why would they do it? To take it a step further, maybe we, the people subconsciously enjoy the whole circus. Maybe deep down somewhere we get that good old relief that it wasn't us, wasn't our kids. If not, why do so many people buy the papers and watch the coverage when we know that encourages the media to continue the cycle?
I think we should face this fact: that mass shootings fall in the category of entertainment and therefore big business. If we face this, and feel wrong enough about it, then maybe something will be done to prevent them.