Does anyone else feel like all the publicity directed at terrorist attacks and suicide bombings is driving more imitative behavior?
Though I'm not a huge fan of Gladwell, having read the Tipping Point recently:
"Gladwell points to a rash of Young Werther suicides that took place in Micronesia in the 1970's and 80's. Just like crime or smoking, suicide is contagious, he writes, citing the studies of a University of California sociologist who found that suicides increase after reports of suicide appear in the newspapers."
Can there be a rationale for limiting the massive press coverage that such events garner?