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Philip Reese: I feel like media outlets should stop writing profiles of mass shooting suspects after they are killed/arrested. I understand that a lot of people want to know about someone who would do something so awful, but I worry that making these assholes famous serves as motivation to future assholes. Not advocating for a new law, or anything - just for media to exercise restraint. Mainstream media already refrain from writing about most suicides, for fear of encouraging that act. Would this be much different? What do you think?
My sense is that most outlets do try to exercise some restraint about not turning these killers into celebrities. Just as a sign of the contrast, I to this day remember the names of the Columbine shooters (though per Philip’s point, I won’t repeat them here) but actually don’t recall off the top of my head the names of more recent mass shooters. The problem with pushing voluntary restraint further …
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