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Friday, March 27 • 08:00 - 17:00
[VIRTUAL] Overreporting Yields Imitation

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In the United States, there were more mass shootings in 2019 than there were days. In the days following a shooting, the media reveals who the shooter was, what their motives were, and how they carried out their attack.  The shooters have become a spectacle, harboring an appeal similar to pop-culture’s fascination with serial killers, which poses the argument that coverage goes too in-depth. The amount of information can prompt generalized imitation, when similar behaviors are repeated. Sensationalizing the act is affecting the number of shootings; only details that include basic facts and those who were harmed should be reported.


Rachel Ponti

Campbell Online

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Dr. Katherine Van Allen

Associate Professor, Psychology, Campbell University

Friday March 27, 2020 08:00 - 17:00 EDT