The “Oxygen of Publicity”

In the wake of the suicide bombing at the Manchester arena, journalists and media mavens are talking about the best way to cover these events. There is a real concern that by dwelling on the detail and providing extensive coverage, the news media is actually doing exactly what the perpetrators wish. It is referred to as the “oxygen of publicity.” Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, who is the Newmark Foundation chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute has some interesting observations and refers to some research that seeks to correlate the level of coverage and the number of attacks in a particular country. No one is suggesting that these horrid events not be covered, it is a question, as always, of context, tone and quantity - The endless loop of terror victims: Lazy journalism that lets ISIS run the newsroom.