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York University
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SOSC 2652
Anna Pratt

Nov 14 Funhouse mirror • There are many public misperceptions about crime • The public believe that crime rate is going up, the justice system is lenient, and has distorted views on imprisonment and parole rates • These misperceptions about crime and justice come from the media • News media reveals that crime- especially violent crime- is rampant and that we are all at great risk of becoming the next victims in an unstoppable crime wave. • This is not the whole truth as violent crime does occur but not that often epsicially relative to nonviolent property crimes. Elements of newsworthiness • The factors that lead the media to consider a story newsworthy- novelty, immediacy, personalization, dramatization, and titillation Characteristics of the offense • To be worthy of coverage, a crime must meet a certain threshold of significance, and violent crimes are the most likely to meet that threshold • Studies reveal that the media overemphasizes violent crime and underemphasizes property crime • But not all violent crimes are equal: Murder the most serious and rarest of violent crime is most likely to attract coverage and offences of a sexual nature also receive a disproportionate amount of press attention • What is considered “new” crimes are also covered such as carjacking, and road rage Characteristics of the offender • Although stats show that young low-income males are the majority of offenders news reports overemphasize the crimes of older, well-to-do men • Given the novelty of female offenders, crimes committed by women tend to receive a disproportionate amount of attention, particularly if the female offender is young and her crime involves violence • Along with age, and sex social status if also important as crimes committed by celebrities and politicians are over reported Characteristics of the Victim • Although most violent crimes involve offenders and victims who know each other the media is much more likely to rep
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