Why publicize the killer’s name?

Quote of the day, from Megan (a guest blogger on Andrew Sullivan’s blog):

Knowing Cho’s identity, watching his video, have told the American public nothing they needed to know. The important thing is the victims; and yet, it is the madman’s name we all know. Newspapers don’t print the names of rape victims, by general agreement, so why not perform the same service in the case of shooting sprees?

I’m reminded of the convention surrounding the killer of John Lennon. The idea somehow spread among Lennon fans never to mention his killer’s name. May his name be blotted out is the idea.

I’d love to see news media act in the public interest in these cases, instead of pursuing their self-interest. (Or assuming that their interests and the public interest are identical.)


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. 49erDweet
    Apr 25, 2007 @ 02:35:12

    Totally concur. Why give him what he wants – an audience?


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