By Katharine Romefelt
The wide broadcasting of last week’s tragedy in Roanoke has renewed the debate about firearms in our country. But it also raises concerns over the merits of violent videos on social media.
Some exposure to tragic events can be a good thing, in that they prompt activism or bring a community together. Following the Rodney King footage in 1991, when white police officers were filmed repeatedly beating a black suspect after a high-speed chase, efforts to curb police brutality and retrain officers were put into effect. But we aren’t obligated to watch every morbid event caught on film to become more knowledgeable about the world.