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

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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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Gallery Books
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Lea
Aug 25, 2014 Lea rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This is an interesting overview of the phenomenon of news reports of violence (suicide, school or workplace violence, etc.) causing a kind of contagion which causes more violence. I know it's a peculiar concept, but the author cites many studies supporting his views.

Overall, I think this is a fascinating book. Having read a transcript recently of a Freakonomics Radio program on suicide clusters, I felt fairly smug, thinking I knew most of what Coleman was detailing here. (I'm also a rea
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Nguyen Quang tung
Sep 10, 2014 Nguyen Quang tung rated it really liked it
After a couple of first chapters I decided to forfeit, not for the sake of being weary of the concept but rather for the sake of the fact that I felt some first chapters were enough to hold a glimpse of the whole "copycat effect" thingy. It's still a good read for anyone willing to take journalism and media, because it imparted to us what needed to be understood regarding this subtle but deadly social phenomenon
B.R. Gonzales
Sep 13, 2012 B.R. Gonzales rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Got about halfway through and just gave up. Seemed like little more than a listing of various murders/suicides that happened to be temporally clustered, with little, if any, analysis.
bitchrepublic
Jul 03, 2007 bitchrepublic rated it it was ok
Shelves: culture
popular culture that's pretty one-side.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world's leading cryptozoologists. An honorary member of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, and several other international organizations, he is also a Life Member of the International Society of Cryptozoology. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursue of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman bega ...more
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