Media and crime are an extremely broad topic. It includes the influence of media on crime and the criminal justice system, or vice versa.
Once Dr. Mark Warr said,
PEOPLE ARE BOMBARDED WITH INFORMATION ABOUT CRIME FROM THE MEDIA. THIS MAKES THEM BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD IS A MUCH MORE DANGEROUS PLACE THAN IT REALLY ISDr. Mark Warr
INFLUENCE OF MEDIA RESULTING IN CRIME
Television, the internet, print media, and social media greatly influence the understanding of crime and the youngsters’ perception. The media might “advertise” particular forms of deviant behavior. It seems less credible that media reporting might encourage citizens to commit crimes.
But there is a strong association between perceptions of media messages and observed behaviour, especially on children. There is a strong portrayal of violence, drugs, alcohol and sexual abuse in the media. It affected the behaviour of children and adolescents very badly. The media is using aggressive techniques to portray news that is affecting viewers. It elevates violent behaviour by spreading fearful and insensitive attitudes by diminishing their social values. The most commonly reported and seen crime that occurs on social media involves people making threats, bullying and harassing others online.
In the 2011 riots, the vast majority of the rioters processed by the criminal justice system had previous convictions. Last year, the Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty reported the two Instagram accounts. It was due to the offensive and threatening messages she was receiving.
So due to falling crime rates lead to the rise of violent video games and violence on TV and cinema. Should we conclude that media violence is causing a drop in the rate of crime? Of course, not. Crime is the product of social excess.
Therefore, developing skills in monitoring and analyzing media content should be everyone’s priority. Complaining to the media or appropriate industry bodies and regulators about material or policies that threaten the community as well should be necessarily done.
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