Misrepresentations of Crime in the Media
After reviewing the link below, Briefly answer there following:
Why do you think the media has a bad habit of diverting attention away from certain crimes, and focus heavily on others (i.e., “if it bleeds it leads” scenarios of violence)?
List some negative stereotypes, that focusing on the worst news stories may create.
The topic is often raised about how white victims typically get more media attention. What the authors (and scholars more broadly) are referring to here, is the overwhelming amount of coverage of white female victims of violence against women.
This directly conflicts with current statistics when research shows that young women of color are more likely to be victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault… etc.
These conversations began resurfacing as the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary emerged.
After reviewing these links, discuss your thoughts.
Do some research on your own and give one other example (include links) of what you find in terms of this issue.
The U.S. has a deep history of portraying immigration issues poorly and through a racist lens.
Do some research and provide two different examples of how immigration is portrayed in the media.
If you need additional information debunking harmful immigration myths, review this document: https://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/immigration_brief-1.pdf
After reviewing this document, what are your thoughts?
There are far reaching consequences for crime being portrayed incorrectly.
Take some time to discuss a few of the consequences that come to mind after doing this worksheet. You may refer back to your previous examples.