I posted a New York Times Retro Report on the misperceptions of the Columbine High School massacre a few months back, but last night I spent the better part of an hour and a half listening to Dave Cullen, the author of the book Columbine, describe his research into Columbine at Elmhurst College . In short, the media got it wrong, then widely reported the inaccurate information just to make a better narrative at the time, and the general public left with an overall incorrect storyline of the actual reasons why Columbine occurred.
I'm in search of a new book for September and I'm seriously thinking about reading through Columbine. I'm less interested in the facts of the case and more about how the media can so easily skew public perception about a story and have those last for decades to come. The only thing holding me back is the subject I guess. I'm not sure I want to spend so much time reading about such a sad event.
Another case similar to this comes to mind: The McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit.