- The ways in which the types of media bias (Gender, Racial, and Sexual Orientation) may influence society’s attitude towards crime?
- Give one specific example of how the media 'can influence society' for each type of media bias (Gender, Racial, and Sexual Orientation)?
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Any time the media takes sides and becomes more descriptive than narrative, you can be sure that the infromation is bent on bias.
The use of excessive adjectives is a huge problem for many reporters. While they have to be as concise as they can, they also have to avoid their personal opinion when describing the actions, motivations, accomplishments, or failures of a person.
With gender, for example: When the case of Andrea Yates murdering her 5 children under a psychosis attack had a lot of shadowy reporting, and the media continuously presented her as a "typical battered woman who snapped" while nearly detaching themselves from covering the real problem": that the medical system in the US is so badf that she never got continuity for her SSRI drugs.
Sexual Orientation- Again, if a person who comes out and declares homosexuality, it i amazing to me how that still causes a stir, comes up in every interview done to that person, and even magazine covers are devoted to it. If we are claiming to be an accepting society, sexual orientation should not be a matter of shock nor fixture.
Race- Remember how back in the 80's the big joke was that in a scary movie the "black guy always gets killed first?". Well, they were. And us Latinos were always Mexican and always criminals. This trend just barely began to shift because it just recently was noticed. It is unbelievable, but you can research it anywhere and see how recent this has been happening.
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