Why are we so passionate about various facts?


PSYCHOLOGY – Stories of criminal matters have always fascinated crowds. What does this appetite for these singular and violent stories say about us?

Last summer, the two issues of the magazine Society devoted to the Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès affair have sold more than 400,000 copies, an editorial success declined in book, then in series. On streaming platforms, “true crimes” (documentaries devoted to various facts) are a hit, like the one on the Gregory Affair recently broadcast on Netflix. M6 and TF1 have launched programs devoted to “cold cases”, these unsolved cases. “Le Figaro” has recruited a team devoted to various facts for its website … But why such a craze? What fascinates us about the accounts of these violent crimes and other tragic events?

“News items have always attracted the crowds, recalls Lucie Jouvet-Legrand, sociologist and lecturer in socio-anthropology at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté. At 19e century already, The small newspaper was selling very well. We were passionate about the story of the trials, we even came as a family

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