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Paraview Media Guide

September 2004

Paraview Media Guide is a monthly guide to books, magazines, websites, and other media that capture your attention, expand your mind, and transform the world. Leading experts in mind, body, and spirit and the frontiers of science and culture present their media picks. This free newsletter is distributed by subscription only. To subscribe, unsubscribe, or obtain sponsorship information, please see instructions at the end of this newsletter.


Loren Coleman


Loren Coleman has made a career out of making sense of anomalies. In his latest Paraview Pocket Books release, The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow's Headlines, the Maine-based researcher takes on the media’s role in waves of violence such as suicide clusters, school shootings, destructive cults, and shark attacks. Readers and critics feel that this book must be taken seriously. Steven Stack, a sociologist at the Center for Suicide Research, said, “The media are still largely in a state of denial on how its coverage of death contributes to the violence and destructiveness in our society -- but Coleman’s book should wake them up!” Kenn Thomas, author of Popular Alienation, claimed, “If The Copycat Effect doesn’t change the mass media it will certainly change the way people think about it and the violent world it creates. This is urgent reading.” You can find more information about The Copycat Effect at its website.

This month, Coleman guest-edits Paraview’s Media Guide and provides some eye-opening recommendations.


All of these movies provide groundbreaking views of the world: the original Manchurian Candidate starring Frank Sinatra, JFK by Oliver Stone, Nanook of the North by Robert Flaherty, The Thin Blue Line by Errol Morris, and Roger and Me by Michael Moore.

Lo! by Charles Fort, who was a 1920-30s intellectual who questioned authority and examined how journals and other media supported the establishment sense of “reality.” Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein, challenges your worldview in a way that stimulates growth. Suicide by Emile Durkheim set the standard in sociology, and Man Against Himself by Karl Menninger is a considered look into suicide.

My favorite radio programs include National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Coast to Coast AM, and Dr. Bob’s 21st Century Radio Program

I write very early in the mornings or stay awake late at night doing interviews. Sometimes waking up before 4 a.m., I listen to the end of intriguing overnight programs. But I also like to not be framed in by the usual media parameters, so that's why I like the non-mainstream takes on the news. NPR is one of the few places that regularly gives international insights from global reporters, which is another way to raise my awareness of what’s occurring. As I note in The Copycat Effect, since so much of the American media focus on “hot death news,” we need to escape from that point of view, now and then, to try to figure out what might really be happening out there. Of course, for pure escapism, I watch Baseball Tonight on ESPN, and follow the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox on television and radio, wherever I can. Readers of my books will not be surprised that baseball creeps into my pages, along with my love of the arcane data and natural history all around us.

I’m a fan of the Anomalist Newsline, Drudge Report, Tampa Bay’s Breaking News, Google, and Internet Movie Database.

Obviously, these sites reflect the massive energy I expend on getting raw, local, timely stories, my love of pure information, and my interest in how it is reflected in the media and movies. Every morning, I explore hundreds of bits of news in a few minutes.

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What’s New at Paraview

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The Copycat Effect: Loren Coleman’s groundbreaking investigation of media mayhem

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