How much coverage is too much, and when does the saturation of coverage of an event like the Boston Marathon bombing inadvertently serve the goals of the attackers? It’s an excellent question asked by Kate Gardiner about the coverage of the explosion on Monday.
I wonder how much we’ve rewarded the bomber(s) by inundating them with coverage.— Kate Gardiner (@KateGardiner) April 15, 2013
My reply was simple—perhaps simplistic, actually—we need to draw a line between informing the public and exploiting the victims of this attack. But neither she nor I really know where that line is.
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