Explain how the 3 factors below 'mediate' the link between media and crime?The 3 factors to use - ·          Individual differences ·          Family and social influences...

Explain how the 3 factors below 'mediate' the link between media and crime?

The 3 factors to use -

·          Individual differences

·          Family and social influences

·          The context and content of the media message

"A mediating factor is something outside of the media in a persons life that will affect the way they respond to what they see in the media."

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mediating factors affect the way the public perceive the information that they get from the media. They are very important because they drive public opinion to take sides, create stereotypes, and even start rumors.

In the case of Individual differences, it is the person who is the center of the information. One decides what to make out of what we hear, about crime, and of who commits the crimes. We also in control of the spread of information, the perspective that we will choose, and how we are going to interpret what we see. If we set out to create bad propaganda from what we see in the media, we would be the first vehicles to link crime to a specific socioeconomic group, or race.

Family and social influences are the others who, like us, watch the news and shows about crime and influence others with their ideas. Since family and social influences come in the shape of groups, the dynamics of communication are more open in stereotyping criminals, or making conclusions of what they see. 

The context and content of the media message is the part which is the responsibility of the reporters to be honest, objective, and unbiased. The context and content should be clear and free of suggestions or innuendos. Reporters should focus on the crime and circumstances and not try to connect trends to specific populations of people. If they do the opposite, they are endagering a population of becoming labeled and unjustly rejected by the rest of society.