After talking in class today about the coverage of mass shootings in our country, I remembered the popularity of a blog post from a mother right after the events at Sandy Hook.
While the majority of news coverage focused on bringing in experts on gun control, mental health, and other semi-related topics, readers across the internet responded much more strongly to an expert on raising a violent and mentally ill son. Liza Long’s post on her blog described her experiences trying to parent a child she is afraid of. Eventually, her post got 1.2 million likes on Facebook, more then 320,000 shares, and almost 17,000 tweets.
All of this suggests that the public would be very receptive to a different narrative of national violence. If there is a market (and even a demand) for different kinds of expert perspectives , why isn’t the media supplying that kind of coverage? How could that kind of broadening of the issues around mass shootings change the national narrative?