Flat Earth Society

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“the flat earth society” Crime myths are created in nonscientific forums through the telling of crime related  fictions or sensational stories.  These crime fictions often take on new meanings as they  are told and retold---and at some point evolve into truth for some people. The fiction in crime myth comes not only from fabrication of events but from the  transformation and distortion of events into social and political problems .   (Kappeler,  Blumberg and Potter 2000: 2)    What that means, rather simply, is that what we think we know and believe has been  “constructed” by those factors listed in the handouts on “functions and characteristics” of crime  myths.  Rather concisely stated, these factors are: 1. MYTHS ORGANIZE VIEWS OF CRIME, CRIMINALS AND THE OPERATION OF  THE CJ SYSTEM.  2. AND CJ SYSTEM.  3. MYTHS PROVIDE NECESSARY INFORMATION TO CONSTRUCT A “SOCIAL  REALITY OF CRIME.” 4. MYTHS PROVIDE AN OUTLET FOR EMOTIONALISM AND CHANNEL  EMOTIONS INTO ACTION. CHARACTERISTICS: 1. MYTHS MUST INSTILL FEAR OR THREATEN THE VAST MAJORITY OF  PEOPLE IN SOME APPRECIABLE WAY. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course CJ 104 taught by Professor Hatch during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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