I must admit, first, I'm as rabid as anyone else perpetuating info about the killers' "motives" (if to do nothing more than openly mock them).
But I am very much swayed anew, by this British critic's 2009 take on the news media when stuff like this goes on.
^The short of it isn't much different than what we hear all the time: stop mentioning these jagoffs' names and their shtoopid-azz "manifestos", and future wannabe terrorists will have far less incentive to go out in their self-fetishized Blazes o' Glory.
I'm not so worried about yahoos like us Internet sleuths rummaging the web for killers' pics and Facebook posts and similar minutiae. The problem, to me, is trying to disincentivize the mass media -- that is, the people who actually get PAID for drawing eyeballs and ears so they can sell ad space/ad time -- from sensationalizing the nuggets we do find by turning it all into a drop-everything, breaking-news-that-isn't-really-breaking, split-screen-arguing, round-the-clock sucks-travaganza.
It just feels as though the attention assailants receive, relative to that of their victims, are the parting gifts for their failed lives, encouraging every would-be mass-killer loser to think, hey, maybe they, too, could finally earn that eternal Wikipedia page they've always wanted.
Within 24 hours of the shootings, I already know the chick shooter worked needlepoint at Hobby Lobby, and that the dude shooter was angry he couldn't get a job with sufficient healthcare to remove a painful wisdom tooth. By comparison, I couldn't share with you one solitary shred of trivia about the victims, beyond the details of what happened to them on Sunday.
By day's end, I really don't NEED to know how some uber-hormonal twit that blames women for everything truly felt about his life's shortcomings. If I WANT to know more about it, I can troll around the Interwebs and find it eventually. But to practice what I'm preaching, I need to eventually stop sharing stuff like that as if everybody else NEEDS to see it, too.
I'd like for the major media outlets to refocus their attention on victims, providing as little detail as we would need to know about the assailants, their hopes 'n dreams, and their tactics. Report whatever law enforcement statements say about the assailants, in a matter-of-fact style without overwrought "analysis," and move right back on to the victims and their families. Maybe CNN can move articles and opinions like this to the forefront of their news coverage.http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/opinion/smith-friend-las-vegas-police-shooting/index.html
It would be cooler to me to see the TV hosts say things like,
"XX people were killed and XX were wounded today in a shooting. Here's the latest on THEM..."