Unformatted text preview: Gallagher1 Ashley Gallagher Joanna Palmioli ENGL 133-14 16 March 2016 Misconceptions Today crime is all over entertainment forms of media, which makes it easy for society to be over exposed to “ideas” about crime. Often times, this makes it difficult for people to separate what is real from what is fake. This point is precisely proven though forms of media that many are exposed to crime in several different ways. Simple, but effective, pieces of literature and popular television shows and movies generally fuel misconceptions about crime and justice. Some well known pieces would include the shows Dexter, James Manos, Jr. and Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan. Another would be a piece of literature “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe, and a well-known movie, The Departed, William Monahan. All of these sources generally fuel misconceptions about crime and justice- each in their own particular ways. Throughout many societies, people in higher positions are naturally portrayed as abusing their power, especially in careers such as the field of law enforcement. This idea comes from addictive televisions shows that almost all of society views. In one of those television shows, Dexter, the main character Dexter is a blood splatter analyst from the Miami Metro Police Department. Dexter uses his connections inside the department to feed his serial killer instincts. Dexter, himself, is a murderer. He kills those who have committed egregious crimes against other people. With his obvious connections with the police department, he finds a way to turn the eyes of his own department and continue is secret lifestyle- killing. Several viewers of this show Gallagher2 actually portray Dexter in a positive way. He is actually liked by the public as they see his actions as acceptable since he is getting rid of bad people in the community. At the same time, he may be drawing negative attention to law enforcements as he is a corrupt police officer that uses his power to his advantage. Yes, people do realize that this is just another television show but many will use this as a way to back up the already existing theory that all officials of this force are bad. This leads people to think of law enforcement uses corruption and their power to allow their officers to run freely through society disregarding punishment for their actions. With that said, law enforcement today is extremely strict with things such as security and making sure everything is in place. The likelihood of a person working in law enforcement nowadays doing something like Dexter is highly rare. Dexter helps lead society to believe that many people working in the field of law enforcement actually do abuse their power, even if that statement may not be true. Along with Dexter, there is another extremely popular netflix series called Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan. High school chemistry teacher, Walter White, believes that his life is as bad as it gets. Walter has a wife and a son, who is battling cerebral palsy, and the tree struggle through everyday life due to the lack of money the family brings in. Unfortunately, Walter gets diagnosed with terminal cancer. He quickly realizes that his illness will put an even bigger damper on his family financially. After finding out about his horrible disease, he makes a desperate bid to earn as much money as he can in the time he has left by turning an old RV into a meth lab on wheels. He is able to fool his family, friends, employment, and most of all, his brother in law. Walter’s brother in law is a renowned DEA agent. He tricks all of them to thinking all is well, financially and healthwise. This misconception is one that is huge since the Gallagher3 reality of it is that Walter is breaking down due to his cancer and his medical bills are quickly piling up. This show, to many, may seem quite unrealistic. The most unrealistic part of Walters shocking life would be the fact that his own brother in law, a DEA agent, investigates the uptick in meth around their area and have absolutely no idea that it is in fact Walter, his family. This show, like Dexter, can lead people to believe that law enforcement, especially the DEA in this case, are ineffective in doing their job. They are portrayed as incapable to even see what is right in front of them. The idea behind Breaking Bad may not be solely to make the DEA and law enforcement suffer from looking incapable, but instead to bring a thrill to the audience. Unfortunately, they do bring the real questions up about such things and help people believe that to be true. Another extremely effective piece of the media that influences the idea of crime and justice is movies. The well-known movie The Departed, William Monahan, portrays the idea of Boston mobsters infiltrating the State Police. For many, these ideas are all too realistic and do certainly raise legitimate concerns. Many stories come up in society that scare people to silence. Many times people hear of police officers covering up fellow officers mistakes, or even trying to take money for evidence. This idea of corruption can scare people so badly that some even tend to turn a blind eye to it. In some cases, this may be true but in many it is not. This movie clearly shows organized crime and its influence with the Massachusetts State Police. With such realistic ideas being portrayed through this movie, it makes it easy for people to believe that it is all very true. Stepping away from how television shows and famous films effect misconceptions about crime and justice, literature can do exactly the same. When a someone is buried alive by an ex Gallagher4 best friend who is driven by revenge, things start to seem a little unrealistic. This was the case of Montresor and Fortunato in “The Cask of Amontillado”, by Edgar Allen Poe. One would think that if someone you knew , especially people such as family members, realized that someone they knew went missing, there would be a huge alert for them. This was not the case for dear Fortunato. It is highly unrealistic to believe that no one went looking for this man, or even his remains. Since Montressor is driven by revenge, the only way to satisfy himself after being insulted by Fortunato was to murder him. For 50 years this crime went undiscovered, highlighting that that crime may not be seen as a big deal. This can put the notion into readers heads that law enforcement was weak and quite dumb. This statement is still highlighted in today's society. People all around post things about how horrible police officers are and how much they abuse their power. There are anti-police movements all around the world due to incidents such as these. With stories like these, they lead people to believe the negative misconceptions of justice. Today crime is all over entertainment forms of media, which makes it easy for society to be over exposed to “ideas” about crime. Often times, this makes it difficult for people to separate what is real from what is fake. This point is precisely proven though forms of media such as well known pieces that include the shows Dexter, James Manos, Jr. and Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan, a piece of literature “The Cask of Amontillado”, Edgar Allan Poe, and a well-known movie, The Departed, William Monahan. All of these sources generally fuel misconceptions about crime and justice- each in their own particular ways. Each of these sources show and fuel negative misconceptions about several field of law enforcement. With that said, many can clearly see that media does in fact have a huge influence on ideas within society. Gallagher5 Works Cited Breaking Bad The Complete Series. Dir. Vince Gilligan. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2014. Netflix. Poe, Edgar A. "The Cask of Amontillado." Literature: The Human Experience: Reading and Writing. By Richard Abcarian and Marvin Klotz. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. 1108-113. Print. "Dexter "Finding Freebo"" Dexter. Showtime. Miami, FL, 17 Mar. 2016. Television. The Departed. Dir. Martin Scorsese. Prod. Brad Pitt, Brad Grey, and Graham King. By William Monahan. Perf. Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2007. DVD. ...
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