Describe the relationship between the media and crime by using 'Movies' as an example of a media format and relating it to 'Stereotypes'?Include :- - Describe one specific example of this (An...

Describe the relationship between the media and crime by using 'Movies' as an example of a media format and relating it to 'Stereotypes'?

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- Describe one specific example of this (An example of a stereotype in a movie)?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the previous post brought up some very good points.  I would suggest examining how films' depictions of crime have changed over time.  For example, compare Michael Winner's depiction of urban crime in the 1974 film "Death Wish" with the depiction in Peebles' film, "New Jack City."  How does the depiction of crime in each differ?  Add the recent Ridley Scott film, "American Gangster" to the mix might also be able to yield some interesting ideas.   Comparing films from different time periods is highly effective in examining the social bias of the time, of which the media is a part.  Films represent, to a certain extent, cultural tastes and predispositions.  Examining the biases featured in each, and displaying how crime is depicted in each might be a good way to articulate the complex relationship between crime and social perception.

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a good question, since movies are a powerful cultural force that shapes the minds of people perhaps more than any other thing. Think of what a great movie or a series can do for a city (Friends for NYC) or a cause (Hotel Rwanda)? So, if a blockbuster portrays crime in a certain way, then it will shape the minds of people. To be sure, some people will say that all people know that movies are just movies with little basis in reality, but my point is that movies are much more, because movies shape the tastes and imagination of people. Therefore, movie makers has a responsibility. Also, viewers have a responsible to watch critically.

Here is one example of a stereotype. All Asians know martial arts. Here is another. All violent crimes are perpetrated by the poor minorities.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator
There are many movies, in the modern day, that lampoon and highlight the ridiculousness of some stereotypes, all while showing that we sometimes take them too seriously in what has become a very PC world. Pulp Fiction does this to some extent, using dialogue between people of different races and backgrounds to both identify stereotypes and debunk or reinforce them, depending on the scene and situation. Other movies such as the "Naked Gun" series very pointedly and obviously made fun of common stereotypes.
litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Movies both reinforce and try to break stereotypes. There are many stock characters in movies. The nerdy kid with glasses, the dumb blond, and the womanizer are all examples of stereotypes. Yet some movies, especially independent films, purposefully address stereotypes in an effort to get people to look beyond them.