The Drudge Report headline is the alleged murder Steve Stephens committed on Facebook Live. Here is the Fox coverage Drudge links to.
Murders, along with suicides and any other kind of scandal, are clickbait. No one in the media business could or would pass this up.
And this attention is likely exactly what Stephens wants. A star is born.
That's always been the game with murders. Cain was featured in "Genesis" because he offed his brother Abel.
The game of stardom through murder has become significantly more popular now that the original platform for launch is a social network. In this case, it's Facebook. But it could be Twitter, LinkedIn or, for a brief encounter, SnapChat.
A nobody becomes a celebrity. At least in the media.
In reality, not too many people care very much. Here, about 70 minutes from Cleveland, Ohio, no one has mentioned Stephens. I drove the main drag in Austintown, OH with the windows down. No one is being especially cautious in the Walmart parking lot. The "watchman" for our residential complex didn't become the Town Crier warning us to dead-bolt our doors.
Stephens is supposedly still in the Cleveland metro area. Sure, those going about their lives in Cleveland per se are probably wary. However, they're likely more focused on making the emotional shift from a nice holiday weekend to work tomorrow.
Stephens' celebrity status is a media phenomenon. Without media, there might be less horrific violence.
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