Crime myths and facts

Length: 7 Pages 1781 Words

There are many ways in which the public interprets and reacts to crime. These perceptions are often inaccurate because of the media's unrealistic method in presenting crime. Discussions relating to how the media presents forms of crime, what is true and false about these representations and the effects crime myths have on society will be discussed in detail throughout this assignment. Conclusions will be drawn to sum up the discussion. Firstly, the media portrays some crimes differently than how they are often reported to the police or experienced by the victims. The media tends to focus on the dramatic or alarming aspect of an incident in an attempt to stun the viewer. Crimes that are reported by the media are often crimes that take place the least. In fact 12 per cent of all crimes are in some way related to violence yet these crimes represent 60 per cent to 90 per cent of all crime news stories. (Daly, K. 2004, p. 1) So why are the majority of crime news stories violent crimes? The public is interested in hearing about dramatic, compelling events. These stories rouse the public's attention due to the severity and devastation of incidents. They also give the viewer a feeling of superiority; find comfort in watchin Continue...


More sample essays on Crime myths and facts

    Marijuana Myths and Facts
    Marijuana Myths and Facts. .... about the drug including how addictive it is, its effects on memory, the brain, the immune system, on crime & violence and .... (1520 6 )

    rape
    rape. Rape has become the fastest growing, most under-reported, and least punished crime in the United States. .... ("Myths and Facts about Rape, pg. .... (706 3 )

    Death pentaly misc10
    .... Career criminals and those that plan a crime do not expect .... May 20, ---- Death Penalty Focus (DPF), Koch, Edward, Myths and Facts about California's .... (2250 9 )

    Capital punishment misc10
    .... Career criminals and those that plan a crime do not expect to get caught, thus making the .... Death Penalty Focus (DPF), "Myths and Facts about California's .... (2292 9 )

    Rape Myths
    .... myth is in the first instance opposed by many facts. .... However, when these myths distort reality to the extent of .... should be remembered that rape is a crime and a .... (1119 4 )

Viewers may have different outlooks on crime depending on what demographics such as their social class and background and what channels they tune in to and what newspapers they read. g criminals get caught and reprimanded for the crimes they commit. , Israel, M and Daly, K, (eds), 2003, Crime and Justice: An Australian Textbook in Criminology, 2nd edn, Sydney: Lawbook Company. It is possible that there is a relation between women's greater fear of crime and the media's reporting of crimes. They begin as stories that slightly deviate from the truth but eventually, as they are told to different people, become exaggerated falsities. Different crimes will be reported depending on what the interests of the target audience. Surette, Ray, 1992, Media, crime, and criminal justice: images and realities, California: BrooksCole Publishing Company. 216) Media news and views will differ according to their medium; for example, some television stations operate with the main goal of informing the public and have a more factual basis; such as the privately owned government funded ABC.

PROFESSIONAL ESSAYS:

Contrast of 2 News Magazines
as the myths and facts about each, as opposed to a cover story hyping the greatness of the mayor of New York. Politicians who successfully fight crime is a well (4056 16 )

Reefer Madness
and crime facts. Retrieved February 14, 2006, from http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/ dcf/du.htm Zimmer, L., & Morgan, JP (1997). Marijuana myths, marijuana facts. (1787 7 )

Teen Violence and the Media
What is not reported is exactly how much new crime--for example One does not have to deny the facts of the view, what is really going on when myths about youth (2412 10 )

Billy the Kid
did a second copy of the tintype turn up (from the estate of one of Billy's partners in crime). Page examines the myths and the known facts surrounding the (3470 14 )

War by Computer
some reports have just been overt hoaxes and myths. An examination of the facts surrounding cyber war with issues related to computer crime, computer security (1007 4 )

An Electronic Pearl Harbor (EPH)
some reports have just been overt hoaxes and myths. An examination of the facts surrounding cyber war with issues related to computer crime, computer security (1081 4 )