The Vicious Circle of Mass Shooting Media Coverage

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 27 2014 5:54 PM

The Vicious Circle of Mass Shooting Media Coverage

The Gist on why our obsession with creepy, violent misfits is dangerous.

Santa Barbara Shooting
A memorial outside one the UC–Santa Barbara crime scenes. It may be even more dangerous than we think to give so much media coverage to mass killers like Elliot Rodger.

Photo illustration by James Emmerman. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Listen to Episode 16 of Slate’s The Gist:


On today’s episode of The Gist, Mike talks with Ari Schulman of the New Atlantis about how it may be even more dangerous than we think to give so much media coverage to mass killers like Elliot Rodger, perpetrator of Friday night’s shootings at UC–Santa Barbara. Then, he talks with Scottish school teacher and blogger Craig McAllister about the big choice facing Scotland in September: Whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom. In his Spiel, Mike uses his holiday weekend to make the hard choices about un-assigning himself assigned reading.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.


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