No one can deny that American popular culture (movies, games, and music) is saturated with violent imagery, nor can we deny that we take pleasure in it. It is less obvious, however, that our news media sensationalizes violence, offering a path to infamy for violent persons. It is also not obvious that the person most likely to wander down such a path has a peculiar psychological disposition, which Metcalf describes.
Is Metcalf right about the roles that the news media and the psychological profiles of shooters play in mass-shootings?
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