The news media, quick to find a cause for why a lone gunman would kill his mother, drive to a local elementary school, and kill 26 people (20 children) before killing himself, has turned to the usual scapegoat: video games. While it is understandable that people want answers, Fox News wastes no time in trying to connect TV, Facebook, and computer games to the horrific actions of Lanza. As transcribed by Kotaku, a Fox News segment hosted by Megyn Kelly with guest analyst Dr. Keith Ablow waste no time pointing the finger at the consumption of various types of media:
Kelly: The real question to you is why have there not been more things like this in the past and what is making them seem to come out now?
Ablow: You know you and I have both spoken about this on and off the air, and I fear that our level empathy just as a culture, as a society, is being diminished by things like reality TV and like Facebook that seem to take people to a kind of fictional realm. I guess you could add gaming to that, computer games.
Later in the segment Ablow says that "…such that now people feel less for one another, they can think of them almost as third parties, or entertainment figures or animated creatures, and for the people among us who are vulnerable to acts of violence who are violently ill, if you will, that means they consider others even less than ever before."
Michael Tresca, author of the book "The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games," takes apart Ablow's theories in this excellent Examiner article. You can watch the Fox News clip in question to your left.
While Fox News is blaming media, other networks are using the tragedy as an opportunity to call for stricter gun control laws and for more funding for mental health services.