The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines
The Copycat Effect
Author(s) Loren Coleman
Published 2004
Publisher Paraview Pocket Books
Country United States
Pages 306
ISBN 9780743482233

The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines is a book by Loren Coleman, published by Paraview Pocket Books, New York City, NY in 2004.



A disturbed student shoots up his classroom -- and suddenly a wave of mass murder is sweeping through our nation's schools. A young child is taken from her home -- and for months afterward child abductions are frantically reported on an almost daily basis. A surfer is attacked by a shark -- and the public spends an entire summer fearing an onslaught of the deadly underwater predators. Why do the terrible events we see in the media always seem to lead to more of the same? Noted author and cultural behaviorist Loren Coleman explores how the media's over-saturated coverage of murders, suicides, and deadly tragedies makes an impact on our society. This is The Copycat Effect -- the phenomenon through which violent events spawn violence of the same type. From recognizing the emerging patterns of the Copycat Effect, to how we can deal with and counteract its consequences as individuals and as a culture, Loren Coleman has uncovered a tragic flaw of the information age -- a flaw which must be corrected before the next ripples of violence spread.

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Preface: Window to the World ix
Chapter 1: Beyond The Sorrows of Young Werther 1
Chapter 2: Death Sells 6
Chapter 3: Snipers Fall 15
Chapter 4: Planes into Buildings 24
Chapter 5: In Search of Ancient Clusters 34
Chapter 6: Fiery Copycats 48
Chapter 7: Cultic Copycats 67
Chapter 8: Teen Clusters 94
Chapter 9: Murders and Murder-Suicides 135
Chapter 10: Going Postal 148
Chapter 11: School Shootings 165
Chapter 12: The Message in the Music and the Musicians 181
Chapter 13: Cobain Copycats 192
Chapter 14: Suicide Squeeze 204
Chapter 15: Celebrity Deaths and Motion Picture Madness 217
Chapter 16: The Magnetism of Milieu and Moment 236
Chapter 17: Coming to Grips 251
Appendix: A Comparative List of Events 263
Bibliography 277
Acknowledgments 297
Index 299

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