Every time there is a mass shooting in America, the media engage in a ritualized debate about the Second Amendment, and whether new technology makes it necessary to rethink the right to keep and bear arms. Curiously, this same logic is seldom applied to the First Amendment guarantee of freedom for the press, even though the technologies by which most people get their news today bear little resemblance to a press. Cable news, social media and the like have changed the character of journalism in a way that make the media part of the story. There are multiple reasons to believe that 24-hour news coverage of killing sprees on cable make such atrocities more likely without delivering compensating benefits. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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