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Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess sociological explanations of the role of the mass media in creating moral panics about crime and deviance.


I have no idea- they believe it does cause moral panics thats it.
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Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess sociological explanations of the role of the mass media in creating moral panics about crime and deviance.


I have no idea- they believe it does cause moral panics thats it.

This was a short bullet point essay plan I did for a similar question:

Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assesssociological vies of the relationship between crime and the mass media (21marks)
Intro: Some sociologists arguethat media has opened up criminal gates where as others believe media restrictscriminal activity as well as setting up the opinions we have on who arecriminals. The way the media also portrays criminals in fiction shows such as‘breaking bad’ differs from who commits crime in real life as the majority areworking class. Paragraph 1: News values andcrime coverage· Crime is distorted bythe news media as it is a social construct. · Cohen and Young foundthat the news is manufactured.· This is based on newsvalues – the way that journalists decide what is newsworthy or not e.g. ‘Dad at 13’.· Example of news valuesramatisation – Excitement, Violence, Personalisation – human interest. Paragraph 2: Fictionalrepresentation of crime· TV and cinema portraycrime in much the same way as newspapers – distorted.· Surette – ‘the laws ofopposite’ – crime is under represented while violence, drugs and sex crimes areover represented. Fictional cops always catch the ‘bad guy’. Evaluation· Reality crime shows dofeature more young non-white offenders.· Police are morerecently being portrayed as corrupt.· Victims play a biggerrole – audiences identify with their suffering. Paragraph 3: Media causingcrime· Imitation – providingdeviant role models resulting in ‘copycat’ behaviour.· Transmitting knowledgeof criminal techniques.· Glamourising offending.· Desensitisation –viewing violence.· Crimes blames on mediaviolence e.g. James Bulger, studies show weak relation between violent mediaand criminal behaviour. Paragraph 4: Fear of crime· Schlesinger &Tumber found a correlation between crime and media consumption.· People scared to go out= Watch more TV = More fear.· Interpretivists wouldsuggest that different people will ascribe different meanings to what theywatch. Paragraph 5: Relativedeprivation and crime· Left realists arguethat the media increases a sense of deprivation among poorer groups.· They present images ofmassive wealth and the ‘good life’ that marginalised people can’t afford. Paragraph 6: Moral panics· Stan Cohen – Mods andRockers & medias representation Paragraph 7: Global cybercrime · Internet has led tofears about cyber crime· Crimes – Phishing,money laundering and online theft, hacking· Hard to police –Difficult to control and monitor, police can’t hack, dark net – buy drugs,prostitutes and guns.
· HOWEVER… ICT providesthe police and the state with opportunities for control and surveillance. CCTV,electronic databases, digital fingerprinting and identity cards – helpedpolicing
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