Crime & Media Week 8.docx

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General Education Studies
Danielle Tyson

Crime, new media and the internet ‘old’ media and CJ  Given the public‟s general lack of knowledge about criminal justice matters, the media‟s tendency to cover newsworthy events (such as violent crimes or serious offenders) means that news stories – selective or inaccurate as they may be – are „vivid and salient‟, thus capturing people‟s attention and enabling recall. Over a period of continual exposure to such coverage, people may develop a distorted view of crime and justice. … Nevertheless, the link between media coverage and public attitudes is not straightforward … people‟s opinions are shaped by a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors and mediated by a range of factors such as economic conditions, ideological beliefs, and other psycho-social factors‟. o Media plays an important role in shaping public attitiudes.  Decides what‟s going to be reported, what‟s most important, etc. o Our source of info about crime. o Rise of infotainment and profound changes. New/internet technologies and crime and CJ  Expansion of Information Communication Technologies have radically transformed the impact of mass media and public communication. o E.g. typewriters to computers.  Has radically altered the ways in which „private‟ information is shared, controlled and compromised. o Makes us more cautious. o More common for fb sites to be checked for potential employment, defendents in court, etc.  Has produced a range of criminality and regulatory issues for agents working within the cjs. o Contempt by facebook – the same as if you disrupt court proceedings with shouting, etc. o New offences, old laws being insufficient. How is the internet being used by CJ stakeholders  Police: o Help catch people. o Increase in reality format e.g. crime stoppers. o Websites dedicated to those problems to gather and disseminate info to get support. o Advertisements for recruitment.  Courts: o Legal info now available online more than ever. o More access to legal databases. o Using SM for evidence.  Legal practitioners.  CJ policy community: o Develop campaigns, etc. o Tool for public education. o Tool for debate and discussion on particular issues. The internet and knowledge of CJ  A department from the one-to-many broadcast model.  Rather the viewer, or reader, is now an actor that engages in not so much production but “produsage”.  Rise of Citizen journalism. o More user-generated content – makes debate about crime and the media more coplex than they once were.  New development of user-generated content.  Rise of consumer as producer and social media (Facebook; YouTube, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.). o More interactive and dynamic. o Harder to figure out what we really think and therefore harder to be accountable for knowledge.  An important debate regarding the internet with implications for criminal justice revolves around online news and journalism eg. Blogging. Increase in online risk  From harmful content or contact or conduct.  Risks may be sexual, aggressive, value-based or commercial forms of harm;  Children & teens most vulnerable.  Policy interventions emphasise „risk‟ & personal „respo
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