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Sociology
Course
SOC 2760
Professor
Rob Shearer
Semester
Fall

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SOC 2760Soulliere PrimeTime Murder Presentation of Murder on Popular Television Justice Programs 4132011 101400 PM httpwwwuofgexamnetworkcom 1 Downloaded for free atPrimetime television has devoted at least onethird of its time to crimeMurder has tended to be the crime of focus on entertainment televisionMedia tend to depict the crimes that occur the least in American society while neglecting the crimes that occur the mostDistorted presentations may contribute to inaccurate or false beliefs about crime among viewersCriminality is viewed as the failure of an individual who is morally weak or mentally deficientSocial explanations are almost entirely absent from crime and police dramas center around individual pathologyHeavy reliance on individualistic explanations that frequently do not go beyond superficial plot motivesHomicide typically portrayed as the result of an individual weakness or defect such as mental illness greed or jealousy and little or no effort is made in these crime dramas to relate homicide to socialstructural or institutional forcesNYPD Blue LawOrder The PracticeViolent crime was overrepresented in the primetime television justice programs analyzed especially murderMurder attempted murder emerged as the most common violent crimesOfficial reports of crime in the United States shows that violent crimes are less common than property crimes with murder attempted murder being relatively rareTends to overrepresent the crimes that occur the least and underrepresent the crimes that occur the leastAggravated assault is most common and is not depicted in any of the justice program episodesAttempted murder was treated as murder in the analysis of the circumstances surrounding deathFirearms are the weapons used most often in the commission of murderMen are more likely to use guns and women are more likely to use knives in committing murderFemales were shown as more likely to use no weapon at all letting their victims starve to death exposing the victim to the elements or being responsible for an accidental chocking because of neglectMen are more likely in programs to use their hands fists or feet as weaponsMurder victims are likely to know their assailants acquaintances emerging as the largest category of known offenders followed by familyMedia are likely to depict violent crimes as random acts committed by strangersFemales are more likely than males to be killed by an intimate such as a souse or loverDrugs figured most prominently in the murder incidents than did alcohol especially among victimsMost common location for the murdersattempted murders presented by the three programs was residenceFemales are more likely to be killed in homes while males are more likely to be killed in the streetResults of television shows do not fit the general pattern that most murders are not planned but situationallyinduced acts of violenceMurder is typically spontaneous rather than plannedSpontaneity of murder is often due to the fact that many murders occur in the context of argument or disputeMurders are likely to occur conjunction with the commission of felonyFelony murders are more likely to involve strangers than persons who are
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