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VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE...

A disturbed student shoots up his classroom — and suddenly a wave of mass murder is sweeping through our nation's schools. A young child is taken from her home — and for months afterward child abductions are frantically reported on an almost daily basis. A surfer is attacked by a shark — and the public spends an entire summer fearing an onslaught of the deadly underwater predators. Why do the terrible events we see in the media always seem to lead to more of the same?

Noted author and cultural behaviorist Loren Coleman explores how the media's over-saturated coverage of murders, suicides, and deadly tragedies makes an impact on our society. This is The Copycat Effect — the phenomenon through which violent events spawn violence of the same type.

From recognizing the emerging patterns of the Copycat Effect, to how we can deal with and counteract its consequences as individuals and as a culture, Loren Coleman has uncovered a tragic flaw of the information age — a flaw which must be corrected before the next ripples of violence spread.

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"According to Coleman, the media's attitude is 'death sells... if it bleeds, it leads.' The author, who has written and lectured extensively on the impact of media, mounts a convincing case against newspapers, TV and books that sensationalize murders and suicides, thus encouraging others to imitate destructive crimes. He traces the problem's roots to Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), which spotlighted a fellow who shot himself over a failed romance and inspired many young men to do the same. The novel encouraged widespread use of the term 'the Werther Effect' when referring to copycat catastrophes. Coleman addresses Marilyn Monroe's 1962 death, pointing out that thanks to extensive coverage of the star's passing, 'the suicide rate in the United States increased briefly by 12%.' Other subjects include the 2002 Washington-area snipers John Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, whose actions spawned numerous sniper killings; suicide clusters among fourth-century Greeks; cult leaders Charles Manson and David Koresh, who attained gruesome glamour through melodramatic press perusal; Jack the Ripper — who created copycat killers from the late 1800s into the 20th century — and today's suicide bombers. Although readers may feel there's little they can do to muzzle media destructiveness, Coleman presents his advice to with enough punch to intrigue the public and possibly exert a minor influence on the press. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE...

A disturbed student shoots up his classroom — and suddenly a wave of mass murder is sweeping through our nation's schools. A young child is taken from her home — and for months afterward child abductions are frantically reported on an almost daily basis. A surfer is attacked by a shark — and the public spends an entire summer fearing an onslaught of the deadly underwater predators. Why do the terrible events we see in the media always seem to lead to more of the same?

Noted author and cultural behaviorist Loren Coleman explores how the media's over-saturated coverage of murders, suicides, and deadly tragedies makes an impact on our society. This is The Copycat Effect — the phenomenon through which violent events spawn violence of the same type.

From recognizing the emerging patterns of the Copycat Effect, to how we can deal with and counteract its consequences as individuals and as a culture, Loren Coleman has uncovered a tragic flaw of the information age — a flaw which must be corrected before the next ripples of violence spread.

Synopsis:

In a landmark book as shocking as it is vital, a renowned expert explores the widespread, contagious violence that is triggered by our media and popular culture.

About the Author

Loren Coleman, M.S.W., has researched the Copycat Effect for more than two decades. Coleman has been an adjunct professor at various universities in New England since 1980 and a senior researcher with the Muskie School for Public Policy. He is currently the primary consultant for the State of Maine's Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative. The author, coauthor, or editor of more than twenty books, including the critically acclaimed work Suicide Clusters, lives in Portland, Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743482233
Other:
Coleman, Loren
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Author:
Coleman, Loren L.
Author:
Coleman, Loren
Author:
Loren Coleman
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Mass media -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Imitation
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Social Science-Media Studies
Subject:
Social Science-Violence in Society
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.31 in 12.39 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "According to Coleman, the media's attitude is 'death sells... if it bleeds, it leads.' The author, who has written and lectured extensively on the impact of media, mounts a convincing case against newspapers, TV and books that sensationalize murders and suicides, thus encouraging others to imitate destructive crimes. He traces the problem's roots to Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774), which spotlighted a fellow who shot himself over a failed romance and inspired many young men to do the same. The novel encouraged widespread use of the term 'the Werther Effect' when referring to copycat catastrophes. Coleman addresses Marilyn Monroe's 1962 death, pointing out that thanks to extensive coverage of the star's passing, 'the suicide rate in the United States increased briefly by 12%.' Other subjects include the 2002 Washington-area snipers John Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, whose actions spawned numerous sniper killings; suicide clusters among fourth-century Greeks; cult leaders Charles Manson and David Koresh, who attained gruesome glamour through melodramatic press perusal; Jack the Ripper — who created copycat killers from the late 1800s into the 20th century — and today's suicide bombers. Although readers may feel there's little they can do to muzzle media destructiveness, Coleman presents his advice to with enough punch to intrigue the public and possibly exert a minor influence on the press. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE...

A disturbed student shoots up his classroom — and suddenly a wave of mass murder is sweeping through our nation's schools. A young child is taken from her home — and for months afterward child abductions are frantically reported on an almost daily basis. A surfer is attacked by a shark — and the public spends an entire summer fearing an onslaught of the deadly underwater predators. Why do the terrible events we see in the media always seem to lead to more of the same?

Noted author and cultural behaviorist Loren Coleman explores how the media's over-saturated coverage of murders, suicides, and deadly tragedies makes an impact on our society. This is The Copycat Effect — the phenomenon through which violent events spawn violence of the same type.

From recognizing the emerging patterns of the Copycat Effect, to how we can deal with and counteract its consequences as individuals and as a culture, Loren Coleman has uncovered a tragic flaw of the information age — a flaw which must be corrected before the next ripples of violence spread.

"Synopsis" by , In a landmark book as shocking as it is vital, a renowned expert explores the widespread, contagious violence that is triggered by our media and popular culture.
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