There was a time when it was “in” for a fan to run on to the field of play at a football or baseball game. If the game was on television the broadcast would follow said fan’s antics until the directors got wise and ceased the practice. Now when a fan decides to try and get his “15 minutes” the broadcasters mention why there is a break in the action and security – sometimes with the help of the players – quickly corrals the offender and escorts him out of the stadium; thus depriving the fan of the notoriety he sought by his actions.
Perhaps it is time to perform this same practice for perpetrators who look to gain their “15 minutes” by committing mayhem.
The real tragedy in Colorado was the people who simply wanted to see a movie and ended up an also-ran in the headlines of a tragedy because a man wanted to “be noticed”. The emphasis of the events in Aurora should be the victims of the shooting PERIOD!
All too often a crime is committed because the perpetrator has “copied” the actions of someone who made the headlines for the same crime. Crime has become a means for “getting noticed” and “becoming famous”. Crime has always been a guarantee of inch high headlines, but it is time to stop the practice of glorifying the perpetrators. Report the news but minimize exposure of the alleged criminal. Take away the glory of the act and the person who committed the act.
The instant world of the Internet has made it possible for some stories to come to light about victims of aggressive crimes but it also makes it easier to sensationalize the actions of the perpetrator. This also must cease; do not play into the hype of perpetually repeating the horrid details of the alleged criminal’s actions.
Each year communities around the US hold a “Take Back the Night” event, take back the night by not sensationalizing criminal events. DON’T encourage those who commit such acts by plastering them all over the headlines!