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Dominik Dömer: Images of violence exacerbate collective anxiety

To the editor:

The bombings at the Boston Marathon have left us in a constant state of fear, perfectly demonstrated by the recent evacuation of the Hampshire Mall. The truck in question during this so-called “bomb threat” was filled with nothing more than books and yet all business at the mall seized for several hours.

If we are to remember but also move past the marathon bombings, we must learn to be realistic again. When a single phone call about a van can cause the immediate evacuation and shutdown of an entire mall, we know we’ve gone too far.

Our culture is permeated with images of violence and brutality. Our TV shows, movies, video games and often even news media constantly focus on these topics, and the paranoia that was triggered by the events at the Hadley mall shows this must change. It is time for us to reduce the constant images of guns, bombs and death so that we can return to a more peaceful life and reduce the anxieties and fear everyone is feeling.

Dominik Dömer


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