A very interesting man wrote to me yesterday, passionately, about my column about Newtown.
Warren: I am standing on my chair, applauding as loudly and vociferously as I ever have after reading a column.
I could not believe my eyes, when the SUN actually published your column this morning. I’ve been saying as much myself, for years now. Why is it that we devote column inches, and hours of glowing TV coverage, to these selfish, cowardly bastards? Of course gun control is an issue, but equally to blame is exactly what you laid out in your column – they do it to get their name, picture and story in the paper! It’s as plain as the nose on our face, yet no-one in the media ever steps forward to acknowledge this simple truth.
Warren, how do we go about raising support for a “No Name. No Face” policy ? Let’s deprive these celebrity seeking sociopaths of the fuel that’s truly driving them! Let’s not name them, nor show their faces in the Mass Media. If even one shooting is averted through our efforts, it will have been well worth it. Of course the “public has the right to now” hounds would bay in indignation. “They’ll just look it up on the Internet” – well, then, let them. If people choose to exercise their sick, perverted voyeuristic inclinations, then so be it. But, let’s not give the killers their 5 minutes of “glory”.
Thank you for having the courage to speak out. I only wish there were more responsible individuals like you out there.
The man’s name is Claudio Rodrigues, and we have both agreed to reconnect after the holidays. I like his idea; I want to pursue it. I suspect a lot of citizens will, too. Some commentators seem to be sympathetic.
The media – who, as I have written before many times, are just a special interest group like any other – will resist, because they feel it is against their corporate interests, and because they genuinely believe there is a “right to know.” But I don’t believe that there is such a “right” (or, at least, if such a right exists, it is a qualified right) when we can demonstrate a causal link to violence.
What do you think? I have long held the conviction that popular culture, and the media, indisputably affect the behaviour of human beings. And that it is frankly absurd to assert (as media, Hollywood and others regularly do) that they are a powerful force for good things, but that they can never ever be a powerful force for bad things. That’s unadulterated bullshit.
Am I wrong? Am I right? Open thread.