Crime and the Media

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News in manufactured rather than reported. The manufacture of news involved the use of 'news values'. Some of which include: violence and high-status persons. 


30% of the news reported involves crime. Our perception of crime is largely based on what is showed us in the news - thus media is a powerful agent.


Most things shown in the media (i.e. TV progammes and movies) over-represent crimes like violence and sex crimes. It also underrepresents crimes such as property crimes.

The Media Causing Crime

  • Glamourising offenders - hollywood actors commiting crimes often live lives of luxury
  • Transmitting criminal knowledge (e.g. how to pick locks)
  • Imitation - providing deviant role models for people to look up to


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