Washington (Talk Media News) – The Brady Campaign and Ogilvy & Mather are launching “Zero Minutes of fame” a Google Chrome plugin that removes killers’ names and images from major news sites and Google search results.
Mass shootings in the U.S. — like Virginia Tech, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Lafayette and Charleston often receive extensive media coverage, but this coverage only encourages similar crimes, according to the Brady Campaign.
The plugin filters search results to focus on the victims of these mass killings , instead of the perpetrators. “Instead of rewarding killers and inspiring copycats, we should be lifting up the stories and the lives of victims, heroes, and survivors,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign. “The fact is, notoriety serves as a reward for these killers and as a call-to-action for others who would seek to do similar harm in the name of infamy.”
More than 30 percent of mass shootings and as many as 22 percent of all school shootings are inspired by previous violent incidents with guns, according to the campaign
First: I believe that not using the names of the ***holes mass murderers is counterproductive. It is human nature for good people to find somebody to blame for an atrocity. Going with a bland denomination like “the shooter” does not satisfy the curiosity and the Opposition uses this to steer sentiment against the NRA and gun owners when they blame us for those events because we do not roll over and allow “common sense laws” to be adopted.
With that out-of-the-way, the concept of a censoring plugin to clean current news and history is scary. I am not an expert on plugins and assorted browser stuff, but I figure there has to be some sort of central repository where key names and search strings are located, analyzed and the “proper” result returned to the person doing the inquiry. Who controls that and what keeps them from adding more than just mass killers to the block? What keeps them from redirect them to chosen sites where Gun Control solutions are offered? What if names of people or organizations in the fight for the Second Amendment are added to that list and the results end up taking the user to the Southern Poverty Law Center “hate list”? The chances for abuse are endless.
I installed the plugin and checked it out. I selected Seung-Hui Cho to use as search item and tested some sites. It is a mix of good news/bad news.
Good news: You still have to download and install it. It works with Google as promised, but I don’t think quite what they wanted.
Funny, it works in Wikipedia better than Google but to my knowledge Wikipedia is not a news site. Are they in on the deal or is this collateral Damage?
While it did not block the images in Google, it did so for Wikipedia but did not block the name in the box.
It does not work for MSNBC of Fox News. Other search engines (Yahoo and Bing) are not affected. I also checked the search of several blogs and it did not work as well.
The bad news: They can improve it and Google being Google, they can install it without you knowing it. My gut tells me people will not like the idea and the plugin will be only used by the hardcore Gun Control advocates. Still, the fact that Brady wants to go a little China Censorship and Google which is blocked in China wants to play along makes me a bit nervous.
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”