Media and Crime in the U.K. Research Paper

Media and Crime in the U.K.
An in depth analysis of how the media industry affects or influences crime and violence in the UK's Black Community
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In this article, the writer looks at media influences on crime and violence in the UK's black community. The writer discusses that the message coming from the media is that young black men are prospective criminals. There is an issue of crime among this group of people but it is overestimated by the media to create fear. The theories examined show different opinions on how the media influences crime among the black community in the UK and whether it affects the prevalence of crime and violence. The writer discusses that blaming the media could mean that society does not want to take responsibility and will thus not attempt to improve the issues that are the root cause of the crime among the blacks. The writer maintains that it could be fair to state that the media indeed portrays black youths negatively. However, the writer concludes that it is also fair to state that, judging by statistics and the issues highlighted herein, that the trend and the panic surrounding crime amongst black youth are justified.

The Media and its Role
Media in the UK
Crime in black community
Lack of Father Figures and Negative Role Models
Underachievement of Black Youth in School
Social Class
Black Culture
Media and Black Crime
Moral Panic
Labeling Theory
Realist Theory

From the Paper:

"The media is used to convey information as well as to entertain. Media plays a major role in society today. It is everywhere around us, from the shows on television, music on the radio, to books and magazines. Generally, the goal of the media is to inform, entertain and educates. The two major categories of mass media are electronic media and print media. While they overlap in certain areas, they differ mainly in the subject matter that they cover and in their methods of delivery. Research has been carried out in using both these forms to determine the impact that each one of them has on the public. Whereas print media tends to be more accurate and factual based, electronic media tends to focus on visual aids in relaying the information.
" The media has strong social and cultural influence on society, predicated upon its ability to reach an extensive audience. More often, the delivery of a message can be more important than the content of the message."

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