Coercive Control is a form of Domestic Violence
- May 3, 2019
- Reaction score
RSBMIf not using the killer's name or redacting manifestos was working, the numbers wouldn't look like this.
Respectfully, we haven't seen a decrease because our country's media has not changed yet.
The "No Notoriety Protocol" includes a list of ways our media can mitigate contagion, but I haven't seen these suggestions enacted.
The "Contagion Effect"
Sherry Towers, a physicist at Arizona State University has studied the contagion effect of mass shootings. Read more of her interview here : https://asunews.asu.edu/20151005-contagion-effect-mass-shootings
Q: What is the news media’s role in this? Do they push up the numbers?
A: It appears that yes, national media coverage does end up increasing the frequency of these tragedies. However, the U.S. Constitution ensures freedom of the press ... we cannot legislate restrictions on the press to avoid this. It has to be a voluntary move. In fact, most press agencies will not report on suicides for exactly this reason ... suicides have been shown to be contagious. The sheriff in Oregon made the decision not to mention the killer's name. Perhaps his choice will be the beginning of a larger national conversation on how we can choose (or choose not) to cover these events.
I just googled "mass shooting contagion", but you will have to read all of the research yourself. I found this study from 2015:
Contagion in Mass Killings and School Shootings