The Media and Crime?
Are the media a real cause of violence and crime, or do they simply report what they see?
Suggestion by GOPneedsarealconservative
The media only reports the negative out there. Those who watch it have it get to them. See negative over and over again and you believe it. The media does not cause crime, but it fosters an environment that allows it to continue
Suggestion by mapdaplanet
We have grown to accept what the media tells us. There is “news” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week now. With this exposure, we can tune in or out at anytime that we wish. Or forefathers had to wait for the news from WW1, WW2, Korea, etc……..by radio, printed media, word of mouth or on news reels at the movies. Crime and violence have always been around, I personally believe that we have just reached a saturation point in sensationalism where the current news media lays in wait for us. Be it good news or bad, we can see it all, live, on at least 10 different channels a day!
Suggestion by Joe
Neither – I do believe.
The media are not the cause of violence and crime – the cause of violence and crime is the ability of some people, mostly due to problems as kids, to not have empathy for other human beings. For some criminals that is simply the removal of those they don’t know from consideration. For sociopaths it is total excision of all.
Unfortunately nor do the media simply report what they see. Mostly they report what they think is news. Sometimes it is what they think people want to see – eg that the world is a violent place; other times it is what they want to be the news for other motives (such as cross-promotion).
Thank heavens for public broadcasting I say. I don’t know where you’re from but here in Aus we have a tax-payer-funded commercial-free national broadcaster (see abc.net.au).
They are the closest to the real thing I’ve seen.
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