I’m not sure there is an easy link between movies and gun violence. I think the link is between the violence and the publicity.

Roger Ebert on the Aurora shooting.

He’s exactly right. The “Joker” nonsense simply adds to and elevates the publicity angle here — which the killer played perfectly. That’s not a problem with the movies, it’s a problem with the media. Sometimes it’s sad how easily psychopaths can outsmart us.

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