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Law and Order: SVU vs. N.C.I.S.
Sociology 215 Media and Crime
December 10, 2012
Our purpose for this project is to compare and contrast two fictional crime shows. The
two shows that we decided to compare and contrast is NCIS and Law
Surette pgs. 1-5 & 24-27
Surette starts the chapter off discussing the relationship between media and criminal
justice. The relationship is always associated because of newspapers, TV shows, movies, Internet
Serial killing has become big business within the culture industry.
Over the past 15 years, popular culture has been flooded by true-life crime stories,
biographies, best-selling fiction, video games, and television
Surette pg. 66-82
Criminogenic media refers to media content that is hypothesized as a direct cause of
Three criminogenic media issues are discussed in this chapter: violent media and
aggression, media and criminal
Surette pg. 84-92
After criminality, the media pays the most attention to fighting crime.
In the United States, law enforcement has high visibility but low public knowledge,
which means the public is exposed to large amount
Kappler & Potter
Many of us grow up with media portrayals of policing that promote and shape our view
of the nature of police work in U.S. society.
Several media characterizations of police work prevail: policing as an exci
Surette pg. 52-66
Film and radio had their perception of a criminal being intelligent, decisive, and
attractive. They also gave them story lines for the audience to follow until the very end
where justice was served.
Studies indicate that Whites, Latinos, Asian Americans, American Indians, and African
Americans believe they will most likely be victimized by a black man, which is a myth
The media as
Surette pgs. 5-15
In understanding the media and crime and justice, it is best to understand the history. The
media can be thought of in two dimensions: types of media and types of content. There are four
types of media and
Surette pgs. 15-24
Four basic types of content appear throughout the media: advertising, news,
entertainment, and infotainment. Entertainment is escapism. It is impossible crimes, fights, and
adventures that no human possess.
Surette pg. 37-50
Frames are prepackaged constructions which include factual and interpretative claims and
associated with policies.
A frame allows users to categorize, label, and deal with a wide range of real world events.
Kappler & Potter
There have many misconceptions of crime and criminals.
There is no crime wave in the United States. Crime has been decreasing for the past three
Most crimes are not the serious, dangerous crimes the
Surette pgs. 29-37 & Sacco
This section addressed social constructionism in relation to crime, justice, and the media.
The idea of social constructionism basically states that knowledge is socially created. There are
Most offenders portrayed in the entertainment media are male just like the actual
relationship between gender and crime.
Research shows that between 6 and 25 percent of offenders shown in crime dramas are
Surette pg. 92-104
Police reality shows first appeared in 1989 and have become a regular part of crime-andjustice media.
The cooperating police departments have editorial input into the end product. In the final
Surette pg. 148-153
The three most important portraits of corrections involve the social constructions of
prisoners, correctional institutions, and correctional officers.
Two popular constructions of inmates are found in t
Chiricos, Eschholz, & Gertz; Weitzer & Kubrin
Chiricos, Eschholz, & Gertz:
In this article, they examined relationships between fear of crime (FEAR) and the news
consumption reported by 2,092 persons living in a state cap
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
October 4, 2011; Sept. 29, 2010
After being discovered in an alley, the victim, Vicki, who was later in the episode
revealed to be raped four times, was taken to the hospital an
Law and Order: Season 17
Episode 1: Fame
A cop is accidentally killed in a failed robbery attempt in the apartment below his which happens
to belong to a paparazzi photographer. Detectives Green & Cassady pick up the case and are led
to Blanchard, the ph
Surette pg. 140-148 and Welch, Weber, & Edwards
Surette pg. 140-148:
In a study of television and newspaper news, 17% of crime-and-justice stories involved
correctional institutions in some manner.
Most references to cor
Surette pg. 132-140
The field of corrections is the last step in the criminal justice system.
Society has always been more interested in catching criminals and holding media trials
than in what happens to convicted offende
Cavender & Bond-Maupin
The media serve to stimulate our interest in crime.
Most crime drama is fictional representation but programs like The F.B.I. modify actual
Americas Most Wanted (AMW) and Unsolved Mysteries (U
Surette pg. 105-109
For many in todays world, mass media images are their primary source of knowledge
about law, lawyers, and the legal system.
Courtrooms are societys formal construction arena where the significance and m
There have been many popular police shows on television, but before CSI, none that
showed the inner workings of a real forensics lab and none that showed the timeconsuming and painstaking steps required of the scie
Surette p. 109-130
Media trials include the social construction of select criminal justice cases that are taken
up by the media, commodified, and mass marketed as massive infotainment products.
The first notorious mass-medi
Cordner & Scarborough
Solving crimes with science has long been part of the vision of better policing and better
Human evidence is known to have high rates of error because people lie, forget,