The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion

Sitzer P (2013)
In: School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention. Böckler N, Seeger T, Sitzer P, Heitmeyer W (Eds); New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer: 283-308.

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This literature review provides an overview of scholarly debate on the role of media content in the genesis of school shootings. It begins by showing that the idea that media depictions of violence have a general violence-promoting effect is scientifically contested. Published research is inconclusive on the question whether school shooters represent a risk group with a special susceptibility to negative effects of violent media content, but empirical findings supply clear indications that reporting of school shootings, especially in the mass media and the internet, can disseminate scripts potentially connected with copycat acts. The concept of cultural scripts of hegemonic masculinity explains why school shootings are committed predominantly by young males and accounts for the importance of a prior interest in violent media content and school shootings. Given the public communicative dimension of these acts and the enormous media attention they attract, there is a case for critical consideration of the way they are treated in the media.
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School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention
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Sitzer P. The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion. In: Böckler N, Seeger T, Sitzer P, Heitmeyer W, eds. School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention. New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer; 2013: 283-308.
Sitzer, P. (2013). The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion. In N. Böckler, T. Seeger, P. Sitzer, & W. Heitmeyer (Eds.), School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention (pp. 283-308). New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-5526-4_13
Sitzer, P. (2013). “The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion” in School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention, Böckler, N., Seeger, T., Sitzer, P., and Heitmeyer, W. eds. (New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer), 283-308.
Sitzer, P., 2013. The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion. In N. Böckler, et al., eds. School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention. New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer, pp. 283-308.
P. Sitzer, “The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion”, School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention, N. Böckler, et al., eds., New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer, 2013, pp.283-308.
Sitzer, P.: The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion. In: Böckler, N., Seeger, T., Sitzer, P., and Heitmeyer, W. (eds.) School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention. p. 283-308. Springer, New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London (2013).
Sitzer, Peter. “The Role of Media Content in the Genesis of School Shootings: The Contemporary Discussion”. School Shootings. International Research, Case Studies, and Concepts for Prevention. Ed. Nils Böckler, Thorsten Seeger, Peter Sitzer, and Wilhelm Heitmeyer. New York, Heidelberg, Dordrecht, London: Springer, 2013. 283-308.

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