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Sofia Gitay

Crime and the media

Ericson et al found in Toronto that 45-71% of quality press and radio news was about various forms
of deviance and its control. Williams and Dickinson found British newspapers devote up to 30% of the
news space to crime. But media gives a distorted…

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Fictional representations of crime

TV, cinema and novels are also important sources of our knowledge of crime. Fictional
representations of crime, criminals and victims follow what Surette calls the `laws of opposites'; they
are opposite to official statistics, but similar to news coverage:

Property crime is under-represented, but…

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`normal' rather than criminal may also encourage people to commit crime. Left realists argue that
mass media help increase sense of relative deprivation. Lea and Young see the mass media has
portrayed a lifestyle in which the unemployed and the lower working class are unable to fund for…

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It assumes that societal reaction is a disproportionate over-reaction ­ but who decides what
a proportionate reaction is. Relates to left realists' view as people's fear of crime is real.

How do the media decide on which problem to amplify into a panic? Why doesn't the panic


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