Suicides as pop culture products

The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow’s Headlines available at Amazon » .

Comment by Christopher Warnock:

Loren Coleman’s “The Copycat Effect” is a well researched and compelling account of how media accounts of suicide trigger off further deaths. Coleman, a well known and respected authority on suicides and the author of “Suicide Clusters” goes into exhaustive detail and carefully documents the phenomenon of copycat suicides, giving examples from Ancient World up to the Kurt Cobain, Columbine and “The Deerhunter”.

After reading the extensive documentation that Coleman provides there can be no further doubt of the existence of the suicide copycat effect. What is interesting about Coleman’s account is that he never descends into a polemic about media violence and it is clear that the media does not “cause” violence, but rather triggers off these occurrences in susceptible individuals.