Evaluate the relationship between media and crime, considering to what extent the medias portrayal of crime affects the audience? Basically include, - An evaluation of the models of media (Gender Bias, Racial Bias, and Sexual Orientation Bias).

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The previous posts did a very nice job in addressing this.  I would like to add the notion of selectivity, itself, could reflect some level of bias.  This could be a driving force behind selectivity and understanding it could yield much in terms of point of view or the implications...

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The previous posts did a very nice job in addressing this.  I would like to add the notion of selectivity, itself, could reflect some level of bias.  This could be a driving force behind selectivity and understanding it could yield much in terms of point of view or the implications of bias.  I think the audience plays a large role in how the bias of the media might be reflected.  While the media is committed to reporting and covering news stories, it is a business that has an obligation to develop revenue streams as it maintains its commitment to journalistic integrity.  The targeted audience could also represent the source of revenue and streams of income.  It is interesting to see how bias might fit into this conception, as well.

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There are many complex relationships between crime and the media. So, I will focus only on a few points. The media has to pick and choose what it wishes to cover. This should be obvious, but it is almost never talked about. In short, our news is selective. Our news also has to emphasize one or two stores as top stories. So, they have the ability to tell the public what is more or less important by their emphasis. These two points should immediately show you that the media has the ability to shape the public's opinion on almost any topic, including crime. If the media focuses on hate crimes and makes it into a top story, then the public may believe that there is a rise in hate crimes. This could be possible, but the opposite could also be true.  If the media present stories on gender, then people will not only be shaped by these stories, but they may also believe that this is what is important to people in a given area, when it could only be the decision of a few top executives. In the end, the media has great power to shape people. So, people need to be aware.

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To the extent that one of these types of bias is present in reporting about crime, it is racial bias that is most prominent.

Media outlets tend to report stories in ways that fit in with the preexisting stereotypes that people hold.  The media want to present people with stories that fit their ideas because people are more comfortable with that kind of story.  Since equate crime with racial minorities, media outlets are more likely to report stories that fit this pattern.

However, I really think that a bias in favor of excitement and simplicity is more important in the relationship between media and crime.  Crime is simple, and dramatic.  This (and not racial bias) is why crime gets so much play in the media.

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