Kevin is a gamer, comic-lover, and book junkie. When he's not writing, he's probably drinking coffee and talking about Hellblazer or Silent Hill.
Junior Contributor I
Keeping Fear to a Minimum in an Age of Popularized Violence
There’s violence everywhere these days, but it seems most prevalent when it comes to real incidents that are later broadcasted or written about on loop. Anything from random muggings to mass shootings winds up disseminated on every major, and many minor, news sources, which not only makes viewers increasingly anxious, but may inspire copycat attacks by appearing to glorify them. However, few sources will avoid these stories because they’re popular and attract more viewers.
What can we do to mitigate this cycle without ignoring the news entirely? While we should know about such incidents, should we change the story, i.e. stop focusing on the criminal and focus more on the victims/aftermath? And, how do we explain violence in a way that doesn’t leave the more vulnerable of our population, like children, afraid that something will happen to them as well?