The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines

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Simon and Schuster, 14 sept. 2004 - 320 pages
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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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THE COPYCAT EFFECT: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines

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Single-minded examination of how violent and tragic behaviors tend to replicate themselves in our ultra-connected society. Social scientist Coleman has specialized in the phenomenon known as the ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Coleman (Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America ) discusses the tendency for people to imitate behaviors or events they see and how the mass media, which can demonstrably affect people's behavior ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Beyond The Sorrows of Young Werther
1
Death Sells
6
Snipers Fall
15
Planes into Buildings
24
In Search of Ancient Clusters
34
Fiery Copycats
48
Cultic Copycats
67
Teen Clusters
94
The Message in the Music and the Musicians
181
Cobain Copycats
192
Suicide Squeeze
204
Celebrity Deaths and Motion Picture Madness
217
The Magnetism of Milieu and Moment
236
Coming to Grips
251
A Comparative List of Events
263
Bibliography
277

Murders and MurderSuicides
135
Going Postal
148
School Shootings
165
Acknowledgments
297
Index
299
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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.

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