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