Politics and Government Professor Julie Webber was interviewed by the Pantagraph about the mass shooting in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Webber notes that shooters, by attacking public gatherings, are attacking civil society, even if that is not their intent. “Civil society is, in a way, breaking down. … They’re sort of hastening that end.”
Webber, who recently published a book on mass shootings titled Beyond Columbine: School Violence and the Virtual, said that Columbine provided the current template for such murders, and that social media and gaming provides the context. She notes that “in today’s “virtual world,” numbers take on added significance, whether its a credit score or a game score.”