An LAX TSA agent was shot and killed Friday morning at the Los Angeles airport in California. But did it appear on social media sites in everyone’s updates, no. On Monday Oct 21st a 12-year-old shot and killed a teacher, shot two school kids, and then killed himself in Nevada. Was that a popular post in social media, no.
On June 17, 1994, the car chase involving OJ Simpson was such a huge news story. I remember because the constant coverage meant that the two-hour block of comedy for kids and family, known as TGFI on ABC, was canceled.
On December 14, 2012 the school shooting in Connecticut was posted in nearly everyone’s social media status and coverage on the news ran endlessly even when updates where not available. Was the Colorado movie theater shooting only major news because of the location? What about September’s shooting at the Navy yard? How quickly did that appear and disappear from the news verses earlier shootings. I only saw two postings through my social media connections, verses the Connecticut shooting.
It seems that the news of violence is no longer much talked about, only mentioned in a 5 minute update among other news. Have we as Americans grown used to these acts of violence and simply accepting them as common place amongst our daily lives?