Public Knowledge Of Crime And Crime Essay

1062 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Public knowledge of crime is predominantly obtained from the media. Crime-related media such as crime on the news and crime-dramas has proven to serve as a great impact on how countless individuals feel about the world surrounding them, and even more importantly, how they feel about the criminals portrayed by the media. This research paper examines the role the media plays on influencing the way people perceive the relationship and punitive attitudes between race and crime. This has led societies to question the role of the media and crime and has led to many debates about the effects of the media on individuals and on crimes.

Literature Review
The intersection of race and crime in television news stories: An experimental study In this article, researchers investigated the impact media content had on individuals and the way they perceived a certain racial group, primarily Black/ African Americans, and how they viewed them as criminal suspects more frequently and more menacingly than White/ Caucasian suspects in televisions news stories of violent crimes. In this study, researchers conducted a video experiment in which they were able to manipulate only the visual image of the race of the suspect in a television news story of violent crime. The results of this experimental study were consistent with the researchers expectations. Even a brief visual image of an African American male suspect in a televised crime story was capable of activating racial stereotypes.…

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