We know the power of media. Take a look at the long-range impact of the Spotlight series published by The Boston Globe in 2002.
We live the power of media, too. Our lives are particularly affected by the way media can amplify our experience of disaster – and trauma – through a churning 24/7 news cycle (which maintains attention by sensation at times, sadly, feeding into the problem).
The National Center for PTSD studied the effects of intense media exposure following a disaster. In this article it describes the association between watching media coverage of traumatic events and stress symptoms. It also offers guidance to help providers avoid retraumatizing children and their parents with whom they work.
Worth a read for the stunning insights.