While reading the blog post “Sorting Through the Posts” I began thinking about the recent tragedy that struck Newton, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary school. Literally minutes after this tragedy occurred I was able to type just the word “sandy” into the google search engine and the prediction drop down box automatically displayed suggestions like “Sandy Hook shooting” or “Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, 26 dead.” There were minute by minute updates on hundreds of media sites. Receiving information about the massacre was a click away. During the aftermath of this tragedy I was speaking to a few of my supervisors at work and we were discussing how much the media influenced not only this tragedy but most tragedies like it. I shared my opinion that I believe the media should not discuss the shooters in these incidents. I feel that publicizing the criminal gives into what he or she may want. These psychopaths may want to top the pervious psychopaths publicized by the media. Disturbed people who would most likely take their deranged thoughts out on themselves, but when the media publicized the shooters it leaves an idea in these peoples’ heads that maybe they should try to do something more sadistic and take out their issues on innocent people. The media should be more focused on the victims of the tragedies and let the judicial system take care of the sadistic murders. Of the twenty-six victims of the Sand Hook tragedy it was more likely than not that when asked someone would know the name of the shooter but could not name at least one or more than two of the victims by memory. The same goes for other shooting tragedies such as the VT shooting or the Columbine shooting. I am most certainly not saying this applies to everyone or that the victims were not honored by many but this is a fact that unfortunately reins true for some. Will the media ever cease to publicize the criminals, truthfully, probably not, but atleast we as people can do more to avoid buying into the life stories of the morders.