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Evaluate the relationship between media and crime, considering to what extent the medias portrayal of crime affects the audience? Include, - At...


This response coattails my previous response to a similar question.  I think the media is making strides to ensure that a preponderance of bias is not present.  This might be in part due to watchdog groups who are responsive to media bias and its impact on social orders.  For example, the media's depiction of drug use in terms of crack cocaine versus its powdered counterpart helped in large part to form a social bias that the former was a drug used "on the streets" and the latter was more of an "affluent" narcotic.  While social perception might be one thing, the disproportionate sentencing for drug offenders on each side might have been a result of this bias enhanced by the media.  The "War on Drugs" declared in the 1980's took a large toll on the incarceration of African- American males.  The portrayal of this offensive was to show arrests of individuals in urban areas and people of color in the process.  While not fully explored at the time, the understanding that emerged was that such measures might not have addressed the real front of "the War," such as how illegal drugs entered the cities, and how government could have done more to ensure that its presence did not cross into our borders.  The media at the time did not pay as much attention to these elements, but over time have done so.  The media's depiction of drug use and consumption in the 1980s held a great impact on legislation passed and social perceptions formed.

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