Framing: Toward Clarification Of A Fractured Paradigm Analysis

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Robert M. Entman defined the word frame as “to select some aspects of a perceived reality and make them more salient in a communicating text, in such a way as to promote a particular problem definition, causal interpretation, moral evaluation, and/or treatment recommendation for the item described.” He uses this definition in his journal entry Framing: Toward Clarification of a Fractured Paradigm. When a crime is committed and the news is reporting it often times white suspects will be framed to look innocent whereas black suspects are framed to look like criminals or just awful. For instance, in the case of Eric Bellucci, a man who killed his parents, this is how Staten Island Advance chose to cover the story: “Son in Staten Island murder …show more content…
Unless you’re directly impacted by the system, unless you have a loved one who’s behind bars, unless you’ve done time yourself, unless you have a family member who’s been branded a criminal and felon and can’t get work, can’t find housing, denied even food stamps to survive, unless the system directly touches you, it’s hard to even imagine that something of this scope and scale could even exist.” This is a topic that affects many and there needs to be exposure to the topic and there needs to be a solution as well. The United States has a crime rate that is lower than the international rate but yet the incarceration numbers in the United States is six to ten times higher than other countries. What is the solution and what does the future hold for mass incarceration? No one knows for certain but the media has been producing stereotypical images of African Americans since the end of slavery, no one knows for certain whether the images will end anytime soon or whether our prison can and will be fixed. In conclusion, there is optimism because there are shows and movies such as 13th and Lockup that are doing a phenomenal job of not over-representing African Americans as “criminals” “beasts” or “animalistic.” Regardless of skin color as a society, we have to try to not feed into the stereotypical images that the media presents us with, which is harder said than

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