Media exposure to mass shooting desensitizes the public


Last weekend we learned of another tragic mass shooting. This time, at least 11 people have been killed and nine more injured at a dance studio in Southern California so far, and on Monday, a shooting in Half His Bay, Calif., left seven people dead. Died.

The shocking fact is that this latest mass shooting 39th in 2023 — and it’s still January. We have to ask ourselves: Why haven’t governments enacted stricter yet rational gun control laws? Some have argued that this is due to the influence of the National Rifle Association. Maybe. But part of the reason may be that the public is desensitized by the constant stream of news about violence.

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As communication scholars have documented, when people are exposed to an excessive amount of pictures and words detailing surprising events, their natural tendency is to assume that these events are routine, normal, and expected. Assuming it is something.

It is therefore not surprising that there is less of the kind of emotional response needed to motivate citizens to pressure their leaders to adopt policies to mitigate the problem. I fear what we are witnessing in the oversaturated media coverage, especially the repetitive news loops that recur in the age of 24/7 cable television.

Richard Cherwitz, Professor Emeritus, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin.

accept the reality that is essential to democracy

Elaine Maimon’s explicit letter made an important point that children should be taught media literacy early on.

Children today are growing up in a media environment where the amount of falsehoods circulating has to be at an all-time high simply because the means currently available for spreading falsehoods did not exist before. I consider myself adept at telling facts from fiction, but I grew up in a world where facts were valued and sought for value in debate. Today, a person who is not backed up by facts may simply restate his claims out loud and the media may reap the consequences of repeating them out loud due to his lack of literacy.

There is an important point to add. Maimon suggests, in many places, a race against time. Those who push the nonsense don’t need a media savvy public they can rely on to resist its emergence media he helps literacy education florida governor ron he is someone like desantis Imagine If Donald Trump were to become president again, how likely is it that his Secretary of Education would have no opinion about teaching children to better understand his boss’s tactics?

A couple of decades ago, the campaign that got Trump into the White House began with a run for a seat on the school board. They did this because the race went largely unnoticed by voters and was easily won by a well-organized campaign. Don’t think for a moment that they didn’t understand the political value of controlling education.

Parents who believe in conspiracy theories, such as that the last presidential election was stolen, pass that attitude on to their children. The education system must counter this before the damage becomes permanent. Understanding reality is essential in a democracy.

Kurt Fredrickson, Mokena


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