Whether someone is live-streaming their killing spree or murdering in the name of an online mythical creature, it’s clear that social media is now a very present factor when it comes to the way people kill. Death by social media was the topic of a recent episode of Mysteries Scandals, airing Fridays at 9/8c on Oxygen.
Lori Andrews, a Social Media Expert who appeared on the episode “Death By Social Media,” recently talked more with Oxygen about the disturbing new trend of “performance crimes.”
Andrews is a professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law where she teaches a law school classes on social media. She’s also the author of the book I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.
Andrews cites the fact that everyone wants to be famous as the reason people are posting their crimes to social media. “It’s
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Why are people so into true crime documentaries these days?
Oxygen spoke to forensic psychologist Joni Johnston who theorized that it may have something to do with our political climate.
“During times of social unrest [and] cultural change, it makes sense that we are interested in material in which there are good guys and bad guys and we see a resolution by the end of the show,” she said.
Johnston said that people have a personal investment in today’s true crime, because of the way it is depicted.
“Today’s true crime shows are more likely to tackle issues of social importance (wrongful convictions, racial imbalances in the criminal justice system, the politics of crime) than the previously sensationalized focus on glitz and glamorizing the actual deeds and participants,” she said. Johnston went on to say that during times of social unrest, we look for ways to distract ourselves from the underlying anxiety that we
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