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191 views • July 18, 2022

Should Treat Mass Shootings Like Virus That Can Catch: Media Professor

The Nation Speaks
Professor Greg Perreault teaches digital journalism at Appalachian State University and he’s studied media coverage of mass shootings. He says research shows there is a contagion effect and therefore media can actually stop the spread of mass shootings by minimizing coverage of attention-seeking shooters: "In the same way that in the case of a virus we prevent close contact with people knowing that it could catch, I think it's incumbent on us to think of this ... as something that can catch.”
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