And Oregon makes 142 – The rise of tragedy fatigue in America

I just heard a statistic that totally horrified me. This latest school shooting in Oregon is the 142nd school shooting in America SINCE Sandy Hook.

Chris Harper-Mercer, 26 gunman in the Umpqua Community College in Oregon
Chris Harper-Mercer, 26 gunman in the Umpqua Community College in Oregon

That’s 141 previous school shootings that you mostly never heard about in just 3 years.

And the reason you didn’t hear about them? Numbers… there just wasn’t enough students being murdered at any one time to make it news worthy.

How does a nation become so blasé about children being murdered that only multiple deaths warrant the news?

Or is it something more insidious and appalling? Does the race, affluence or location of the victims explain why they don’t turn up on prime time news.

I quite recently watch the movie “Nightcrawler” staring Jake Gyllenhaal. It charts the rise of a sociopathic news stringer. There’s a rather pertinent scene in which he’s told that nobody cares if anybody in the poor neighbourhoods is killed, because it’s expected.

I guess I never really appreciated how true that scene was until now.

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