SOCIOL 1A06 Chapter Notes -Siq, Mass Media

21 views1 pages
Published on 19 Apr 2013
School
McMaster University
Department
Sociology
Course
SOCIOL 1A06
SIQ Readings Deviance & Crime
Chapter 24 “News, Truth, and the Problem of Corporate Crime” by John McMullan
Explosion in coal mine killed 26 miners in 1992 in Plymouth Nova ScotiaCurragh
Resources was filed for 52 complaints about causing the fire due to unsafe work
practices
The Supreme Court of Canada did not Hold Nova Scotia gvnt accountable for deaths in
the unsafe mine
Families believe that the media, medical examiner’s office, criminal justice system, and
public inquiry have not dug out the truth
Mass media reproduced different “regimes of truth” from 1992-2002 about the disaster
Concerning deviance and crime, newspapers over represent the poor and those most
vulnerable to labelling by authorities and under represent the misconduct of the
powerful. Ex: protect wrongdoing caused by corporations by placing business crime in
the business section rather than the front page
Mass media raises 4 important questions: “Who is able to tell the truth, about what,
with what consequences, and with what relation to power?
Literal Denial: arranging damaging info into inaccurate forms of storytelling
Interpretive Denial: admitting the raw facts but developing a narrative framework that
contests them
Implicatory Denial: Excusing events by calling them normal, justifiable, or necessary
Passive Denial: Claiming that no problem really exists
Majority of news covered the disaster of the mining topic as a “legal disaster” and then
“human tragedy” and then “political economy”
The Westray mining disaster did not involve the construction of a new crime frame like
that in reporting street crime
Media used interpretive denial : natural tragedy and legal disaster
Westray not a crime, but a disgrace = reinforces corporal crime as a blind spot in
popular culture
Unlock document

This preview shows half of the first page of the document.
Unlock all 1 pages and 3 million more documents.

Already have an account? Log in

Document Summary

Chapter 24 news, truth, and the problem of corporate crime by john mcmullan. Explosion in coal mine killed 26 miners in 1992 in plymouth nova scotiacurragh. Resources was filed for 52 complaints about causing the fire due to unsafe work practices. The supreme court of canada did not hold nova scotia gvnt accountable for deaths in the unsafe mine. Families believe that the media, medical examiner"s office, criminal justice system, and public inquiry have not dug out the truth. Mass media reproduced different regimes of truth from 1992-2002 about the disaster. Concerning deviance and crime, newspapers over represent the poor and those most vulnerable to labelling by authorities and under represent the misconduct of the powerful. Ex: protect wrongdoing caused by corporations by placing business crime in the business section rather than the front page. Mass media raises 4 important questions: who is able to tell the truth, about what, with what consequences, and with what relation to power? .

Get OneClass Grade+

Unlimited access to all notes and study guides.

YearlyMost Popular
75% OFF
$9.98/m
Monthly
$39.98/m
Single doc
$39.98

or

You will be charged $119.76 upfront and auto renewed at the end of each cycle. You may cancel anytime under Payment Settings. For more information, see our Terms and Privacy.
Payments are encrypted using 256-bit SSL. Powered by Stripe.