Application: Fear of Crime
For this assignment, you complete an exploration of the link between media and fear of crime among the public. How mass media portrays crime can be instrumental in creating public fear of crime. Continuous coverage of any issue, including a particular crime, is likely to affect public attitudes. Even when media portrayal of crime is exaggerated or inaccurate, the public often continues to believe images depicted in newspapers, movies, and television shows, as well as on the Internet. Persistent exposure to crime stories may lead the public to believe that crime is rampant and that they are likely to be the victim of violent crime at anytime. As you analyze how portrayal of crime relates to fear of crime, consider what responsibility the media has for the portrayal of crime.
The assignment (2-3 pages):
- Explain the degree to which media portrayal of crime relates to public fear of crime and explain how.
- Explain whether public fear of crime might influence individual behavior or not and explain how or how not.
- Share an insight about whether media should be responsible or not for the portrayal of crime as it relates to public fear of crime.
Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.
Fear of Crime Student`s Name Institutional Affiliation Fear of Crime Media has become the main source of news and entertainment. Unfortunately, most of the news and entertainment movies covered by media contain the crime content, and thus majority of the population is exposed to horror content from the crime scenes (Sandstig, 2010). Since the content covered in televisions and newspapers as well as the internet is not fictional, the public is scared as they may fall victims of the same crime occurring within their areas of residents. The media exposes crime as occurring under circumstances that the people are confronted with on a daily basis yet that is not the truth. The media associa