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My brief take on the #ParklandSchoolShooting anniversary: The fact that, as many have pointed out, we remember the names of survivors and not the shooter is a welcome advance — a sign that media do have a choice not to keep repeating their role in the ingrained script.
Time will tell whether the Parkland movement changes mass shootings — reduces the mystique and so the allure for prospective shooters, maybe makes them less frequent. There's already some anecdotal reason to believe that notoriety has become a less potent incentive.
That said, it's hard to be sure that the Parkland movement is an unalloyed good. Far better to make celebrities of survivors than shooters. But the need to respond to social traumas by finding *someone* to make a celebrity out of has a troubling continuity with the old dynamic.
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