Instead of not naming the killers this is what we shouldn’t do

Instead of not naming the killers this is what we shouldn't do

For a few years now there’s been a movement among some who believe that the names of killers like Omar Mateen shouldn’t be made public. They believe that this gives them the notoriety they wanted. In the past I have posted why I disagree with this practice. Long story short, we shouldn’t forget history’s villains and if we let the media give them names, like Son of Sam or the Zodiac Killer, that gives them even more notoriety than they were looking for. Instead, what we should be doing is not over-reporting the story.

For example, it’s no secret that Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS right before the shooting and ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack even though it wasn’t organized or ordered by them. ISIS thrives on having their name in Western media, lone wolf attacks like Orlando should not be attributed to ISIS as it just gives them free publicity and propaganda which in turn could influence more ISIS inspired lone wolf attacks like the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The other worrisome practice I see being carried out by the press is the reporting of every ancillary detail and minutia about the attack. Do we really need to know that Mateen texted his wife during the attack and also checked Facebook to see if the attack was trending yet? No, we don’t. In my opinion those are what I like to call rubbernecking details, items the news reports on solely to get pageviews and clicks. Journalism used to operate under such tenets of whether there was a need for the public to know certain details of a story, emphasis on the word ‘need’. Now most major media outlets are more concerned with SEO keywords than information that is in the public’s best interest. In my opinion this is just another practice that gives the killers the notoriety that they were looking for since their every move during the incident is dissected like they were some Hollywood celebrity ordering lunch at a small town diner.

I’m not holding my breath on any of these changes to take effect anytime soon since news publishing is the industry that coined the callous phrase ‘if it bleeds it leads’.

My thoughts on the Pulse Orlando shooting

My thoughts on the Pulse Orlando shooting

I normally don’t post about major headline grabbing crimes like this. I prefer to post niche stories that are under-reported, but the Pulse Orlando shooting is so significant that I can’ just ignore it. If you’d rather see how a real crime blogger posts about this please visit Bonnie’s post on the matter.

Anyway these are some random thoughts I had on the matter. Some I’ve shared to social media this weekend and others I haven’t

First I’d like to share some old blog posts I’ve written on other topics that I think may apply to this tragedy. The first is that the media is beating us over the head again with lists of the deadliest shootings in America. Again I think the more they do that the more trivialized the shootings can become. Secondly, as I’ve posted before, I don’t think it’s the access of guns that is the problem. It’s never been more difficult to purchase firearms legally yet we have greater levels of gun violence than at any point in our history. Lastly, for those of you who think that every practitioner, or even the majority of practitioners, of Islam are terrorists than you need to do more research, like I did after 9/11, rather than repeating the same old myths that keep getting propagated in the more ignorant parts of the internet.

Now for some random thoughts on the matter…

Just because some murderous assclown swears allegiance to ISIS, and ISIS claims responsibility for the attack, doesn’t necessarily mean that this was an orchestrated attack by ISIS. It could have just been a moment of opportunity for ISIS to claim responsibility. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the cowardly scumbag was the only one involved in planning the attack.

I posted the following both on Twitter and my personal Facebook page…

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As a society we’ve declined so much in the past 15 years that we didn’t even wait until the bodies were cold before we were waxing politically about our pet ideologies. The usual tropes were all carted out, immigration, gun control, Muslims, etc. Instead of coming together to fight hate we just kept fanning the flames of hostility. I wouldn’t say that we’re headed for a 2nd Civil War but as a country we’ve never been more divided since then, and as we all know a house divided can’t stand.

We’ve lost the ability to be objective in this country. We’re all too worried about being left or right, conservative or liberal, religious or atheist, than being human and American.