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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 months ago

How come mass shootings weren't as publicize back then as it is now?

For instance

Easter Sunday massacre (1975) a man killed 11 members of his family

Or

The Greensboro Massacre (1979) kkk members shot up a protest killing 5 and wounding 10 others (and it was all caught on camera by a news crew)

But these and many other killings, the news did not give it much coverage like they do today. When there's a mass killing that happens now, everybody knows about it in a single day. And the news media will give a detailed week special coverage.

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  • 7 months ago
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    The media gets popular off of tragedy stories. People just can't look away. As well, much of the media will use these tragedies and exploit the poor families to push whatever agenda they have. It's really lame.

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  • TB12
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    7 months ago

    They were,, I still recall the Texas tower shooting,,, and the Howard Johnson sniper, they had to bring in a military helicopter with a machine gun to get him.

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  • ?
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    7 months ago

    Those incidents received nation wide publicity back in the day, but the flow of information wasn't anywhere near the scale it was today. There's so much more raw information available to the press, and the general public that can be spun into a news report. The press can go on for days or weeks about facebook posts, twitter feeds and other social media outbursts that simply weren't a part of daily life before.

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  • 7 months ago

    Yes especially the Greensboro massacre 1979, not that many people even in North Carolina have heard of it.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    false they publicized it as much as they could back then, the 24/7 new cycle just allows more coverage even when nothing new is known. so really the amount of real coverage is the same, just the fill in is new.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    How many news channels were there?

    How many channels full stop?

    All it would take is that one or two channels decide not to run the item and half the country would never see them.

    However the print media did cover the stories and the print media was reaching a huge audience in the 1970s.

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  • Anonymous
    7 months ago

    2 words.

    Social. Media.

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