Setting a Bad Precedent: Glorifying Killers

This image released by Netflix shows Zac Efron in a scene from "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile." (Brian Douglas/Netflix via AP)

Since the pivot of the mass media to round-the-clock coverage decades ago and the relatively recent introduction of social media making news stories obsolete in a matter of seconds, a curiously troubling thing has happened.

Ever more frequently, it seems that every time we engage with news in whatever form, somewhere in that content there is a newsflash of a mass-killing situation, whether that be in the United States or abroad. For years on end, news media outlets would take those …

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