Elliot Rodger craved attention. Now he has it. People pore over his manifesto. It’s impossible to turn on the news without seeing his smirking face. A whole cottage industry of psychologists, psychiatrists and attorneys has sprung up to parse his every word and tell us why someone should have seen this mass murder coming. Another group tells us why no one could have foreseen it.
It’s likely that lots of people who crave attention are listening attentively. This media blitz is guaranteeing that a copy-cat will follow in Rodger’s footsteps. From a media point of view, summer is a boring time for news. This is one way to manufacture some.
Arnold Slotkin, Hollywood