oa Global Media Journal - African Edition - Media and society exam (June 2007) Broadcasting a killer : the Virginia Tech shooting and the effects of mass communication



When the rampant killer responsible for the shootings at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, Cho Seung-Hui, sent a package containing about 1800 words of text, several Quicktime home videos and 43 photos to the news-network giant NBC on the day of the shooting, 16 April 2007, a debate was immediately sparked in the global media about whether it should have been aired or not.


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