The Effect of Media on the Perception of Crime and Crime Politics (Class…
The Effect of Media on the Perception of Crime and Crime Politics
"The poor only have themselves to blame"
"The Wealthy include a few bad apples"
The middle class
"The Middle Class is a Victim"
How minorities are affected
"Hispanic Media use and Perceptions of Discrimination: Reconsidering Ethnicity, Politics, and Socioeconomics."
This article analyzes how media, as well as people’s statuses, affect Hispanics and their view of discrimination. The work uses the Latino National Political Survey in order to reach their findings. The authors conclude that negative views of minorities in the media did increase Hispanic perception of discrimination.
"The Culture of Fear"
Can transition into talking about Race/ethnicity and how it also affects people's perception of the type of crime(the next category).
Both this article and "Muslims in America" talk about how people initially though that Muslim terrorists were responsible for the OKC bombing.
Type of Crime
"Muslim Americans in the News Berfore and After 9/11"
Larceny, drug use, etc.
Transition: Talk about how this crime is covered on the news, which then influences the public's view of crime and who is committing the crimes
"The Media Politics of Crime and Criminal Justice"
The article mentions historical examples of over sensationalization of crime through media outlets, which then influences policy debates. The method of research used was interviewing crime news reporters to discover how the news sources influence media overall, as well as analyzing the media coverage of crime. The authors found that an increased production of crime and law television shows and increased discussion of crime in news outlets has lead an overall growth of the public culture of fear.
"The Culture of Fear"
Connection: The more people watch
and other crime /law shows that are overdramatized, they expect that the same thing is occuring in real like--> so then that is what news shows, convincing the people and scaring them....
Include a definition of crime politics. Explain that it is how politicians and policymakers react to the society's view of crime, which is influenced by the media.
talk about current events, speciafically, the heroine epidemic-the news coverage and specifically the crime politics. Since the heroine users were wealthier, (upper middle class) white kids, the policymakers have increased drug court programs and focused more on rehabilitation instead of criminizing the offenders... (which is what they did when it was predominantly African American and Black people who used heroine and were caught.