Summary: The Influence Of Social Media On Prisons

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The entire book by Michelle Brown is directed towards a very distinct population. This book looks at different aspects of prison, but the main emphasis is on those who have no direct contact to prisons, but have influence over their policies. This books focus is to get the attention of the people, the large population that only sees prison life from a far and those who do not even consider it, and make the realize what is going on in our country. This idea is explained as social distance, it is the distance the people are from the relationship of the penal arm of the state and the punished. More plainly, it is motivated by the effects of mass incarceration and the peoples lack of empathy towards the imprisoned population. This has come because …show more content…
Media consists of any form of informational input, either tv, news, social media, books and so on. Media is not separate from the social media because they have become part of a vicious cycle that feed each other. News sources and entertainment feed off what’s trending on social media and social media regurgitates what is broadcasted. If either had direct contact with actual prison life this would not be an issue, the issues is that these two feed off one another and move further from the truth. What we see and know about a story has been dramatized, exaggerated, or changed into basic falsified information and this gets used in movies or tv for entertainment. This has resulted in a distance between what people think prison is, and what it is. TV shows and movies are used as examples of bad representations of prison because they add aspects of humanity that are not there. Beyond this, media also and the racial components to make things more realistic. It uses the same racist aspects that have plagued the system and perpetuate bad laws. This vicious cycle has done nothing good and only resulted in the inhumane treatment of inmates. Unfortunately, this is not the only issue, media and the public have been removed so much that it has changed how we view the buildings that contain this …show more content…
There needs to be active pursuit of the truth and a strict adherence to justice through just means. The people once played a key role in punishment, their voice was enough to imprison the violent and to free the overly punished, but we let that go. In forgoing our role of participatory punishment there is a distance and illusion that people have of punishment. That distance has allowed for the system to progress as it wants while the people live in ignorance. Those who are punished are forcefully removed from society and relocated, their treatment is inhumane, and their lives are devalued. This has shown the way society looks at this class, the way we treat our lowest members becomes a good indicator of this morality of this country. Our penal system is stuck in a dystopian setting and it is cloaked by our distance. It runs on pain and exclusion, and to change this we must reclaim our role of penal spectatorship, we must listen to the voices of the oppressed and of the scholars who work for reform. There are millions of kids who have incarcerated parents are put in more vulnerable positions. Minority children are almost guaranteed to encounter the justice system, regardless of their actions and they are the most likely to have a parent to be in the system. They are born into an unfair system, force to play by unfair rules, and attacked by the state that is supported by the people. The cycle of

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