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True Crime is rotting your brain

True crime podcasters are vultures who profit off paranoia.

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by Anonymousreply 42October 20, 2021 2:01 AM

[quote]With the exception of a spike in murders in 2020 that coincided with Covid, major crime has been steadily decreasing for 18 years. Even with the spike, murder rates are a third of what they were in the ’90s. You are more likely to die from heart disease or a car crash than you are from being murdered. And in the U.S., men are far likelier to be homicide victims than women. But listening to true crime podcasts, you would never suspect this. Most of the audience and the hosts themselves are female, and most cases covered by true crime podcasts are about women. It’s making women paranoid.

by Anonymousreply 1October 14, 2021 5:37 PM

I know way too many gays who are invested in this true crime bullshit. It's creepy and it makes peoples' mental health worse.

by Anonymousreply 2October 14, 2021 5:38 PM

Gawker is desperate for attention again, I see. Same as it ever was.

Attacks on women have not decreased, and in fact rapes and sexual assault have increased in women, not just last year like the article says about murders, but this year as well.

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by Anonymousreply 3October 14, 2021 5:42 PM

25% of women and over 11% of men experience domestic violence every year. That's significant, sorry Emma Whatshername at Gawker.

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by Anonymousreply 4October 14, 2021 5:43 PM

The number of women killed by murder increased dramatically in 2017, well before COVID. It's not just up a little bit for one year due to COVID, like Emma Whatsherboobs claims.

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by Anonymousreply 5October 14, 2021 5:44 PM

The Krisis Karen has arrived to the thread.

by Anonymousreply 6October 14, 2021 5:45 PM

Overall homicides spiked 2016-2018, dropped a little, and apparently have gone back up since COVID.

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by Anonymousreply 7October 14, 2021 5:46 PM

Americans have always had an insatiable appetite for crime and violence in their entertainment. Look at Poe.

by Anonymousreply 8October 14, 2021 5:50 PM

TV News rotted a lot of people's brains. Fortunately, I believe TV News is fizzling out.

by Anonymousreply 9October 14, 2021 5:51 PM

Lately, I can’t help but notice how true crime is basically copaganda. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a wokester, but… still.

by Anonymousreply 10October 14, 2021 5:51 PM

The whole genre feeds into conspiracy theory.

Lots of what if’s and hear me out here and it’s a possibility.

This is how we end up with COVID vaccine deniers and election fraudsters.

by Anonymousreply 11October 14, 2021 5:52 PM

Jesus Christ, "Gawker" is pure shit

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by Anonymousreply 12October 14, 2021 5:55 PM

True crime TV is more popular than podcasts and just as sleazy.

Discovery Investigation

Oxygen channel


by Anonymousreply 13October 14, 2021 5:56 PM

[quote]Pointing this out doesn’t always go over well. In August, my friend Sam tweeted that true crime “is so obviously designed to make you buckle in terror whenever you leave the house.” He was immediately inundated with quote tweets claiming that of course a man couldn’t understand the threats women face on a daily basis, the tweeters either ignoring his profile picture or unaware that Black men in America face a much higher risk of victimization.

Typical white women shit. White women all want to be Gabby Petitio. They want to bask in victimhood and martyrdom and are weirdly jealous of black men being the biggest victims of violent crime. So they consume podcasts where the victims are all white women. It's the same reason Handmaid's Tale is popular with middle class white women. White women feel their victim status slipping so they need to remind everyone that they are the biggest victims of all time.

by Anonymousreply 14October 14, 2021 5:57 PM

[quote]I can’t help but notice how true crime is basically copaganda

Some of it is, definitely. I went from being very much into true crime on Usenet and LiveJournal to avoiding it by the time nearly all true crime was discussed on Websleuths, because it was about two things: sucking up to cops, and pretending like ladies sitting at home Googling things could solve the case.

by Anonymousreply 15October 14, 2021 6:00 PM

[quote] TV News rotted a lot of people's brains

True. Maybe for National Novel Writing Month I'll write a "dystopian" novel about an alternate history for the US where television and mass-produced junk food didn't exist, to horrify present-day readers.

by Anonymousreply 16October 14, 2021 6:01 PM

[quote]True Crime is rotting your brain

As well it should.

by Anonymousreply 17October 14, 2021 6:04 PM

[quote]I ran across a Nextdoor post detailing the saga of a woman who rang someone’s doorbell and asked for a Band-Aid. She was driving a black Mercedes-Benz, the post continued; was it possible she could be scouting the place to rob later? The comments agreed that it was highly suspicious; no one pointed out that most thieves would probably not case a neighborhood in a Mercedes with a clearly visible license plate.

People who think they're going to get robbed or murdered every time they talk to a stranger are the same sorts that fret about Islamic terrorism, Trans people in bathrooms, and "blue city" crime. They just have morse sense to be quiet about their 'politically incorrect' opinions.

by Anonymousreply 18October 14, 2021 6:09 PM

True Crime is what women have instead of porn.

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by Anonymousreply 19October 14, 2021 6:11 PM

R18 morose as in sullen morse as in code

by Anonymousreply 20October 14, 2021 6:12 PM

Only Murders in the Building has done an amazing job of skewering these true crime addicts.

by Anonymousreply 21October 14, 2021 6:13 PM

Dear OP, morbid curiosity has always existed. It all comes down to supply & demand.

We must face the uncomfortable truth that most humans are self-destructive sheep who not only follow and listen to any snake oil salesman, who managed to push their buttons, but also willingly harm themselves and others thanks to unresolved trauma in their childhood. Or they just don't know any better.

You can't force people to change their ways (they'll reject anything that doesn't affirm their already established beliefs about themselves and their perceived reality). All we can do is look for, and find, like-minded people and build a better community for ourselves, away from the self-destructive sheep.

by Anonymousreply 22October 14, 2021 6:13 PM
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by Anonymousreply 23October 14, 2021 6:14 PM

So many of us experience real tragedies in our lives only to be mocked and doubted. It's like the murder happens over and over again

by Anonymousreply 24October 14, 2021 6:15 PM

I don't find True Crime to be Copaganda, even if it's sometimes spun that way. The more true crime you read, the more police ineptitude you learn about. No wonder so many rich people accused of murder get off, there's enough police bungling to put doubt in a jury's mind.

by Anonymousreply 25October 14, 2021 6:16 PM

I can’t speak to why other people consume true crime, but for me it’s because I’m interested in tragedy (fiction or non), stories about individual lives, the extremes of human behavior, and good writing or storytelling. I follow sports writing and the 30 for 30 type programs for similar reasons. I don’t think it has made me more paranoid and it doesn’t make me feel a scary thrill.

I do think this criticism is entirely valid because of the way some people are “fans” of true crime (I’ll never get over how disgusting the “My Favorite Murder” podcast is) and the way some of the people who follow specific unsolved crimes personally intervene and don’t know their place.

by Anonymousreply 26October 14, 2021 6:20 PM

I don't think it's copaganda per se. The true crimers don't fetishize your average street cop. They have hard ons for detectives, FBI, and the CIA though, and they're just fancy cops.

by Anonymousreply 27October 14, 2021 6:20 PM

Well, yeah. Humans are flawed. Cops are no different. We all have our bias.

One of the suspects works as a butler, AND he's black? The butler did it!

by Anonymousreply 28October 14, 2021 6:20 PM

There is some copaganda in the sense of “the dogged detective never forget the victims and solved the case,” but those kinds of police are distinct from the cops on the beat who are doing the illegal searches, planting drugs, shooting black kids, etc. And lots of unsolved true crime stories include a passage about how the cops on the beat fucked up the evidence.

by Anonymousreply 29October 14, 2021 6:23 PM

R8 Poe may have started it. He predates Jack the Ripper.

by Anonymousreply 30October 14, 2021 6:23 PM

I was addicted to the shows for a few years, but finally OD'd. Now I'm addicted to true pointless bitchery.

by Anonymousreply 31October 14, 2021 6:24 PM

There is so much true crime content, and it is so diverse, that I doubt even someone as rigorous as a Gawker pundit can analyze the genre.

by Anonymousreply 32October 14, 2021 6:32 PM

Back in the 19th century, people got their fix through Penny Dreadful novels.

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by Anonymousreply 33October 14, 2021 6:33 PM

People have always been obsessed with this. Not just Poe or Grimm’s fairy tales - but Jack the Ripper and the Black Dahlia. People are interested in the dark side of human nature.

I find that less odd/annoying than scolds who want to control what people should watch/read/listen to…

by Anonymousreply 34October 14, 2021 7:59 PM

R34 there has been a proliferation of true crime media in the past 5 or so years so much so that it's become a genre unto itself.

by Anonymousreply 35October 14, 2021 9:04 PM

Then there's this.

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by Anonymousreply 36October 14, 2021 10:20 PM

TC comes and goes like paranormal stuff. There was a glut of TC in the 1980s with the advent of cable; American Justice, Forensic Files, Unsolved Mysteries, etc. A new glut thanks to podcasts. I don't know what feeds either (TC or paranormal content) but it seems to be some sort of zeitgeist and would make for an interesting study. Paranormal maybe correlated to post-9-11? There were a ton of Ghost Hunter-type show after that.

by Anonymousreply 37October 14, 2021 11:40 PM

Tom Cruise is rotting my brain?

by Anonymousreply 38October 14, 2021 11:45 PM

Op Is autistic

by Anonymousreply 39October 14, 2021 11:57 PM

R39 has brain rot

by Anonymousreply 40October 15, 2021 4:37 PM

[quote] Typical white women shit. White women all want to be Gabby Petitio. They want to bask in victimhood and martyrdom and are weirdly jealous of black men being the biggest victims of violent crime

They really are jealous of black male crime victims. Last election season I learned that the group most against allowing women to vote were other white women. They felt that their "husbands knew better than they did who to vote for". When the suffragettes would protest, big groups of other white women would come out and harass them

by Anonymousreply 41October 20, 2021 1:44 AM

True Crime fans are just about as tawdry as the crimes.

by Anonymousreply 42October 20, 2021 2:01 AM
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