Hollywood and the Aurora Massacre
Eric Metaxas and Owen Gleiberman ask similar questions in two essays on the entertainment industry and what seem to be media-inspired killings, from The Beatles and Charles Manson to The Joker and James Holmes. Gleiberman points out that while serial killers are not new, mass shooters like those at Columbine or Virginia Tech seem to date back only to 1966 when Charles Whitman killed 16 people at the University of Texas. So what has changed? Is it the violence and realism of our entertainment?
“The Aurora tragedy raises the haunting question: Why does pop culture inspire people to kill?” by Owen Gleiberman. Entertainment Weekly, July 26, 2012.
“Dark Night: Time for Salt and Light,” by Eric Metaxas. Breakpoint.org. August 5, 2012.