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Giving terrorists what they want

When my children were young I would not give them what they wanted. At least I would not if they were acting awful. If a child screams for a candy bar in a store and you give the child the candy bar you should expect to have the child scream every time you go into the store.

The news media are constantly giving terrorists exactly what they want. They want attention for their terrorism.

You certainly can consider Cho as a terrorist. He produced a disgusting video that the news outlets will play, and play, and play again. Other potential terrorists of his kind will see all the attention Cho got and will repeat his acts.

I'm no advocate for censorship. I do not know the right balance of informing the public against propagating future terrorism. But if we could find a way to stop giving terrorists what they want we might have a chance to reduce terrorism.

I think there are two ways to reduce terrorism: 1) Kill them all (impossible), or 2) Stop giving them what they want.

I don't ever want to see the Cho video again. I wish I had never seen it the first time.
Permalink XYZZY 
April 19th, 2007 8:00am
Surely he is a criminal?
Permalink what are you reading for? 
April 19th, 2007 8:11am
"I'm no advocate for censorship."

Censorship wouldn't work. What would work would be for the news networks to show some maturity.

I ain't gonna hold my breath.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
April 19th, 2007 8:53am
"The news media are constantly giving terrorists exactly what they want. They want attention for their terrorism."

And the terrorists are giving something the new media wants -- something huge and horrible to report on.  See the problem here?
Permalink Send private email Wayne 
April 19th, 2007 11:33am
The media supports terrorism! Imprison the journalists!
Permalink JoC 
April 19th, 2007 12:02pm
If the networks didn't show it it would be on YouTube anyway.

The dude knew his message was going to spread. But as with the whole gun-control debate, we don't know how many other terror-wannabes saw the video, saw its ramifications, and derailed their own actions.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
April 19th, 2007 12:10pm
Yeah but now we can make video remixes and set them to video game musical scores and cut scenes from GTA.
Permalink Practical Economist 
April 19th, 2007 1:19pm

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