7 The Media as a Cause of Crime 3

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7 The Media as a Cause of Crime 3

  1. 1. Topic 7: Crime and the Media: THE MEDIA AS A CAUSE OF CRIME Some of the ways in which the media might generate crime include: Write any examples you can think of below under each heading 1 IMITATION – by providing deviant role models, copycat behaviour results 2 AROUSAL – through viewing violent or sexual imagery 3 DESENSITISATION e.g. through repeated viewing of violence 4 BY TRANSMITTING KNOWLEDGE of criminal techniques e.g. how to hot wire cars 5 AS A TARGET FOR CRIME e.g. Antiques Roadshow, highlighting wealthy neighbourhoods... 6 BY STIMULATING DESIRES – for goods that people cannot afford e.g. advertising 7 BY PORTRAYING THE POLICE AS INCOMPETENT – easy to fool, little chance of getting caught 8 BY GLAMOURISING OFFENDING 9 BY GENERATING MORAL PANICS (public outcries) which lead to a DEVIANCY AMPLIFICATION SPIRAL Write any other ways you think that the mass media can generate crime and deviance below:

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