CRM 1300 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2: Cadency, Social Inequality, Stereotype

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Reading #1
Tuesday September 15th, 2015
CHAPTER #2: PUBLIC OPINION, THE NEWS MEDIA, AND THE CRIME PROBLEM
How Does Our Location in Society Affect Our Beliefs?
A look back
Throughout time crimes have always been there, each century brings a new
form of crime that worries people in different ways
Crimes were covered in the local newspapers and forced a development of
modern police force
Public Opinion and Crime Policy
The 3 criticisms to democratic theory
1. Public officials are more influence by wealth powerful elite than by the
general public
2. Majority opinion may violate democratic principles of fairness equality
and justice
3. The public opinion is often inaccurate
Over dramatization of crime
Shown to boost their rating and number of viewers
Crime waves (a small number of crimes that are given too much attention
and the crime is rampant
Some crimes never happened and other are dramatized, then when the real
story is released it receives less views (i.e. spiked trick or treat candy)
Over reporting of (Violent) Crimes
“If it bleeds it leads”
The media over dramatizes and reports it so many time
They give it the most air time
Crime Myths
With over dramatizing and that crime is rampant it starts to generate
additional myths
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Overrepresentation of African- Americans and Latinos in media crime stories
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Reading #1
Tuesday September 15th, 2015
Youths
TV shows and newspaper disproportionately portray young people as violent
offenders
14 % of violent crimes are committed by teenagers
Less than 1% of teenagers are arrested annually
Virtuous Victims
Most coverage on innocent people who were in the wrong place at the
wrong time
Reporters will eat up any story even small and add to it
Other Problems in Media Coverage
They pick people to interview with the same view as the reporter
They use terms not everyone will understand
They give out false data
They fail to give out important key information
Media is very biased
Media coverage against women is left with missing key information
Effect of Media Coverage
The picture we get from the media is distorted
Public Ignorance
Reporters don’t care to future explore but to just take what info they’re given
Public Fear and Concern
The people who watch crime shows and the news are more likely to fear
crimes more than others
Obscuring Underlying Forces
Are seen to have more importance as the crime rate diminishes
Diversion from White Collar Crime
Seen to focus on poor people over white collar crime
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