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hair and smile as being friendly and therefore are more likely to vote for them in the election 4 . On the other hand there is the “horns effect” which is the opposite of the halo effect where a person’s characteristics causes us to judge who they are in a negative way. An example where the halo effect is demonstrated is in the case of Jeremy Meeks, or the prisoner whose mugshot went viral on media (Facebook). Meeks was charged in five felony weapons charges and a gang charge 5 . His mugshot was posted on the police department’s facebook page. The next day the mugshot went viral with comments on his good looks despite the felonies he was charged with. This shows the halo effect because his physical appearance created the illusion that he also had a positive personality, which was wrong. He is treated in a different way by the public than if he was not as attractive. Women were going crazy over his appearance even though they knew that he was a convicted felon. Some went as far as commenting they would not mind being the victim to a crime if Meeks was the perpetrator. Now 3 Human, B. (2013, April 1). Halo effect. Retrieved November 08, 2017, from http://www.beinghuman.org/article/halo-effect 4 Human, B. (2013, April 1). Halo effect. Retrieved November 08, 2017, from http://www.beinghuman.org/article/halo-effect 5 French, Liam. (2015). Most Wanted: Cameras, Criminal Justice and the Persistence of Vision. Cyborgology.
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if Meeks was not perceived as physically attractive people would not think he was a good person and that he was just simply a criminal. When it comes to intersectionality and criminals there is again an emphasis on race, gender, and social class. Many media reports revolve around police brutality, prejudice, and stereotyping. There is a lack of focus on age of the criminal. This part of the essay will investigate how age plays a role in how criminals are charged. On the news we primarily hear about crimes committed by young adults and middle aged adults, it is almost rare to hear about children and elders committing crimes. Since we only tend to hear about young and middle aged adults committing crimes, this is familiar to us. This plays into the backfire effect which explains that we view familiar ideas as more true than unfamiliar ideas 6 . Due to only hearing about young and middle aged adults being perpetrators in crimes we tend to not believe statements when a child or elder adult committed a crime. Along with this is a fear tactic by news outlets, where they primarily cover violent crimes in order to cause fear among the public 7 . On TV news stations use headlines with words such as “murder, violence, terrorism, death, fatality, etc.” Such words as these are viewed as threatening to people and therefore they will be more fearful of crimes and take more precautions against them. People who watch a lot of news that broadcast
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