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A Plea to the Media: Please, Turn Off the Spotlight

Current Events: An AI-Integrated Emotional Wellness Perspective



Today, we find ourselves once again confronted with the face of an alleged killer, prominently displayed on front-page news and widely circulated on social media. Our hearts go out to those affected by the alleged perpetrator’s actions. Yet, it’s disheartening to see the media repeatedly casting the spotlight on the alleged offender.


In our technologically advanced society, various platforms such as internet news sites, online magazines, social media, streaming television, and radio serve as an indelible “stage” for dangerous and disturbed individuals to perform.


I respectfully urge the media to acknowledge the potential harm caused by focusing excessive attention on the faces of alleged perpetrators and their actions. Such coverage can contribute to an increase in violent acts and threats.


The time has come to shift our focus towards the victims and their families, mental health issues, and the broader topic of violence. We must turn off the spotlight on malevolent behavior, refraining from inadvertently glorifying or reinforcing such conduct.


To those whose lives have been profoundly affected by this alleged serial killer, you are in our thoughts. Let us remember them, not the one who caused their suffering.



Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.

Chairman, The National Center for Emotional Wellness



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