1. In the last 50 years, 20-40% of primetime t.v shows have involved law enforcement
2. A) emphasis on victim, extreme form of violence to draw the audience into the story
b) investigation, pick out the pieces of the puzzle, understand exactly what happened
c) Identification created with the victim – sympathy more for the victim than the offender.
Much less discussion of the offender, if discussed, matter of motive
d) neater resolution because it is fictionalized, can be tied more neatly
3. A) cities begin dangerous places where victimization happens within somewhat regular
occurrence. violence is a aspect of modern urban life
b) “stranger danger” - deranged stranger, extreme brutality (torture/murder)
c) blurring out the role of police detective/forensic specialist/profiler. They would be
divided up into 2 different roles, police detectives would have little connection with
forensic specialists, intentional strong disconnect between these two but in the show, it is
the forensic experts who do the investigative work. Police is added in a way of authority
and legitimacy. Seen not as just investigators but also possession forensic expertise.
This is consequential because it further alleviates our view of police work more generally
• extreme violence, ties to psychological motives, random violence, police as crime
• promotes idea that you can obtain specific understanding of the personality of the
criminal just by looking at the crime scene & assert their motivations & psychic
• very distinct portrayal of police: applies more ot detectives than the police
• always a moral message and always catches the offender
• Term “unsub” – us vs. them, stranger. This term represents a distinct type of personal
Slide 6 1. These cultural forms are unified by this. By this, it means a dominant account or story of
crime, that is reproduced across cultural forms, and exerts a powerful influence on
people’s influence on people’s understanding of criminal behaviours. It represents a
unified cultural theme that links news, reality t.v, and crime drama which dominates
public thinking about these issues while contributing to a misleading understanding of
crime and criminality.
2. A) its common within our society
b) random violence
c) an impression created by these cultural forms and narratives that random violence is
getting worse. It is linked to larger changes within our society which is making us more
vulnerable. There is this larger undercurrent of anxiety, stress, and strain that is
associated with urban life.
Joe Best’s READINGS: the random nature of violence suggests that it is pattern less
and pointless, senseless.
e) in the context of moral panics and crime waves. People’s opinions often have ideas
from the victims that are portrayed as innocent and these in turn provide strong, powerful
narrative that clearly communicates the problems of random violence. These victims are
often young, white, female, well-adjusted person who everyone likes, etc. this suggests
a very compelling sympathetic victim.
3. A) given emphasis on the senseless and pattern less nature of crime, crime is patterned,
certain individuals will have be more likely to be victimized such as whether they are
employed, there living area, daily activities, etc. Certain areas of the city will have higher
rates of offending than