I was saddened to hear a few days ago about the shooting in the theatre in Colorado. It happened during the midnight screening of the new Batman movie. There are several detailed articles including survivor accounts on CNN Fox etc... The man that released tear gas and opened fire on the audience killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more. Shortly after the incident the police caught him and he identified himself as the Joker.
This really made me think about media violence and how this killer emulated himself after the villain of the last Batman movie. Heath Ledger did an amazing job as the joker and conveyed the darkness and 3-dimensional psyche of the character. Most people thought it was just great acting and left it at that but the power behind the portrayal of the joker had a profound affect on this killer.
He mimicked the violence he saw on TV and identified himself as the fictional villain. This really hit me because even though we talked about it, I didn't know how powerful media violence could be on an adult mind.