Thursday, November 08, 2007

Modern killers turn to video to get message out

The murder of seven Finnish students and their head teacher yesterday by a lone gunman is a tragedy. The gunman's YouTube video predicting the event has caught the media's attention, but is I think largely irrelevant. As I told Reuters:

"New technologies like the Internet get used by a very wide range of people unfortunately including in events like this. Previously many people who committed very serious crimes would get publicity through newspapers. This is how the mass media works in the 20th and 21st century."

The Guardian has a good background piece.

UPDATE: Also did interviews on this for Radio 4's PM and BBC Radio Oxford.

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