Media Representation Of Elderly And Young Offenders

The cardboard presents a axiological affiliate in the apriorism by analytical the role that media delineation of abomination plays aural society. It addresses the catechism by firstly introducing the access amid the media and crime. The cardboard addresses three amount issues on the appulse of media delineation of crime, firstly the appulse on animal behaviour, secondly the appulse on breeding a abhorrence of abomination and thirdly the role in breeding moral panics. This affiliate sets the cardboard up for added application of how the media represents adolescence behind abnormally and again afterwards aged offending. The abutting bisected of the cardboard will about-face to accord with the closing two issues and will present a final cessation with a redrafted accession ambience out the all-embracing aims and goals of anniversary chapter.

Youth offending; aged offending; angle devils; victims; media depiction; crime.

The differences in the media representation of aged offenders adjoin to adolescent offenders?

Table of Contents:

Abstract 4

Chapter One: Accession 5

Chapter Two: The Accord amid Abomination and the Media

2.0 Introduction

2.1 Media Delineation of Abomination and Animal Behaviour

2.2 The appulse of bent images and aberancy on abhorrence of crime

2.3 The role of the media in moral panics

2.4 Conclusion


This apriorism explores the differences in how aged offenders are represented in the media in allegory to adolescent offenders. The apriorism highlights the cogwheel access adopted by the media in assuming aged offenders to how they represent adolescent offenders. The apriorism firstly considers the role media plays in advertisement abomination by because the accord amid abomination and media. The apriorism again progresses to accede adolescence behind and aged behind in abstracted chapters. The final affiliate draws abstracts on whether there are differences and considers the rationales for a acumen amid a adolescent blackmailer and aged blackmailer in account reporting. Additionally, application is additionally accustomed to the allegory of victims consistently actuality aged and whether this plays any role in the media delineation of aged crime.

Chapter One: Introduction

The axial aim of the apriorism is to analyze the differences amid how aged offenders are represented in the media as adjoin to adolescent offenders. The key basal cold is to firstly highlight if there is a acumen and again secondly to go to catechism the base for a acumen amid the representation of adolescent offenders and aged offenders in the media.

The apriorism will activate in affiliate two by because the accord amid abomination and the media. This affiliate will accommodate the accomplishments ambience to discussing adolescence behind and aged behind delineation in the media. In particular, affiliate two provides an acumen into three aspects on how media advertisement on abomination can appulse and access society. The affiliate accurately focuses on the appulse of the media delineation of abomination in three ways, firstly by analytical the appulse on animal behaviour, secondly on the appulse of bent images and aberancy on the abhorrence of abomination and thirdly on the role of the media in moral panics. The cessation that can be fatigued from affiliate two is that the accumulation media selects the advertisement of abomination in a way that sensationalises abomination by creating complete chaw account anon advised to ambition the accepted accessible for sales. From the angle of animal behaviour, abhorrence of abomination and moral panics, the media comedy a axiological role in apery abomination to the masses. The accessible is afflicted to media letters in a acquiescent ambience which anon influences the accessible acumen of accurate crimes reported. The alternation amid law and adjustment media delineation and backroom is acerb affiliated from the 1970s back alternating governments accept acclimated the media representations of abomination to facilitate action swings and accouterment to ambition abomination control.

The third affiliate investigates the way in which the media represents adolescence offending. The aboriginal bisected of the affiliate primarily focuses on establishing the specific means in which the media represent adolescence offending. In particular, advertence is fatigued to the appulse of amount bent acts which accept complex adolescent adults and children. The additional bisected of the affiliate will investigate the role of media in demonising accouchement in the after-effects of the Jamie Bulger case.

The fourth affiliate investigates the way in which the media represents aged behind and in accurate focuses on the allegory of the perceived average of aged bodies as actuality the ‘victim’ and never the offender. The additional bisected of the affiliate deals anon with how the aged are appear in the media and draws aloft the abstract to analyze the rationales for how aged crimes are represented in the media.

The final affiliate draws calm the antecedent and presents a cessation firstly on whether there is a acumen amid the media delineation of adolescence behind in absolute allegory to aged offending. The bigger catechism this affiliate presents is whether there are any rationales for the acumen amid the advertisement of adolescence behind and aged offending. This catechism is answered by analytical what the appulse has been from the acumen amid the media delineation on adolescence behind and aged offending. This is advised by ambidextrous with how adolescence offenders are dealt with in allegory to aged offenders in the bent amends system.

Chapter Two: The Accord amid Abomination and the Media

2.0 Introduction:

It is argued by Dowler et al (2006) that the best cogent and potentially anecdotic breadth of criminological assay is the assay of crime, media and accepted culture. (Dowler et al 2006; 837). The accord amid abomination and the media becomes intertwined with a cardinal of disciplines including criminology, psychology, sociology, cultural and media studies. (Carrabine 2008; 2). Initially, bookish studies accept focused on cinema, radio and television afore affective to focus on video gaming and music videos until currently absorption on new advancing technologies such as the internet. The advancing technologies over the accomplished bristles decades accept led to a abolitionist transformation in the way media is appear and in particular, the way advice on abomination is accessed by the accepted public. In the deathwatch of the internet, advice is readily accessible to the accessible on a all-around scale. The accessibility of all-inclusive advance of advice has been axiological in influencing accessible acumen on issues of politics, abomination and abreast issues. The accessible acumen of abomination is heavily afflicted by the way in which they are apparent to assorted forms of media including television, film, video and the internet. (Ibid). The advance of technology has assuredly invoked an ‘information age’ with a admiration to be abreast of letters and information. Media arguable occupies a ascendant role acceptable a ‘central institution’ of avant-garde action which added centres on television and in added contempo times the internet. (Garland 2001; 85). It is argued by Wykes (2001) that a above affair about media advertisement on abomination centres on the way in which the media can baddest to address a crime. Although the media is not the account of crime, it is the way they can accept to amplify and sensualise abomination which creates and invokes affections amid the accessible of frustration, acrimony and fear. (Gerbner 1995; 547-550).

Media portrayals of abomination and abandon accept become allotment of accustomed life. (Kidd-Hewitt 1995; 1). It is important to point out that abomination manifests itself in abounding altered forms of media. It is anytime present in blur genres, television shows and gaming genres which accept become an absorbing aspect of avant-garde life. Abounding blur productions from the 1920s accept acclimated abomination plots to absorb the masses, similarly, books accept acclimated abomination plots to the aforementioned extent. Added television assembly has acclimated ‘reality television’ shows and soap operas to highlight bent themes. Abomination is axial to the assembly of account in association and is advised contemporary actuality produced as advisory but plays an absorbing role. (Dowler 2004; 574, Fleming 1983). Although abomination is advised ‘newsworthy’ it is the way that the accumulation media can present its acceptance on abomination that can become the focus of criminological inquiry. Headline account in the accumulation media in both the agenda and book forms scream for our attention. (Jewkes 2008; 3). Editors and journalists architecture these account to grab our absorption by shocking, alarming and best of all absorbing our senses. It is an address to absorb the boilerplate amplitude for accessible attention. However, the focus of this affiliate is on the accumulation media attraction with advertisement abomination and whether this advertisement has become harmful. The aboriginal bisected of this cardboard will apply on ambidextrous with the appulse media delineation of abomination can accept in influencing and impacting society. The additional bisected of this affiliate will advance to accord with the specific role media plays in breeding a faculty of abhorrence of abomination in a association which has been played out in the accumulation media over the accomplished six decades.

The analysis of the means in which the columnist and accumulation media address abomination is durably an accustomed acreage aural criminology. (Carrabine (2008); 2). A abstraction conducted by Reiner (2007) highlights that afterwards an all-encompassing analysis of media agreeable he begin that the columnist and advertisement media concentrated their advertisement of abomination on two accurate categories of crime, agitated abomination and sex crime. (Reiner 2007; 303-15). Reiner’s abstraction articular that a arrangement of account advertisement is identifiable in the columnist and advertisement media which overwhelmingly focuses on agitated and animal crimes. A added abstraction conducted beforehand by Williams and Dickson (1993) begin that 65 per cent of appear account media dealt with agitated crimes breadth individuals were affected. (Williams and Dickinson (1993); 40). It is important to agenda that Williams and Dickinson (1993) cantankerous referenced their abstraction of the appear account adjoin the British Abomination Analysis (Mayhew 1989) which articular that alone 6% of abomination complex violence. Williams and Dickinson’s abstraction highlights an alterity amid absolute abomination and the appear abomination aural the accumulation media in favour of agitated crime. It is important to agenda that alternative studies accept additionally been conducted which has begin agnate patterns of advertisement aural the agreeable of columnist and advertisement media. For example, in Smith (1984) a analysis of bounded affidavit advertisement on abomination adjoin absolute abomination in the breadth begin a agnate alterity appear the media advertisement primarily crimes of robbery and assault. (Smith 1984: 290). Smith begin that whilst advance and robbery alone represented 6 per cent of abomination in Birmingham, it active a 52.7 per cent of amplitude adherent to abomination advertisement in the bounded press. A added abstraction of Scottish affidavit begin that the Scottish media committed 45.8 per cent of columnist amplitude to agitated crimes and animal crimes but back agitated abomination and animal crimes are accumulated they alone represented 2.4 per cent of absolute abomination in Scotland. (Ditton and Duffy (1983); 164). These studies represent an adumbration of how abomination is appear in the columnist both at a civic and a bounded akin during the 1980s and aboriginal 1990s. It is arguable on the base of these studies newspapers may be careful in the types of crimes it seeks to broadcast with a abundant addiction appear crimes that are either agitated or animal in nature. Even admitting these crimes are arguably not adumbrative of the bent account of abomination committed, account media selects account that will advertise affidavit by arena to the senses of the accepted accessible in breeding amazing headlines. However, it should be acclaimed that these studies can be criticised as actuality too attenuated by comparing absolute abomination ante with account appear crimes rates. It is argued by Ericson (1991) that the absolute crimes ante and statistics do not represent the absoluteness of abomination in convenance as abounding crimes go unreported. (Ericison (1991): 220). In accurate Ericison argues that the statistics produced by the badge are primarily for their organisational administration and cannot be anxiously acclimated to analyze media reporting. (Ibid) It can be counter-argued that whilst the studies may be amiss from the angle of absolute data, they do go somewhat to comparing the acceptance of abomination aural the account adjoin the admeasurement of appear crime. It facilitates a breeze attack in time of how media address crimes admitting imperfect. Initially, accordingly it can be argued that a amount botheration inherent aural news, media and abomination advertisement is a addiction on the allotment of the accumulation media to focus on account or abomination that will advertise their affidavit and acceptance that will artifice readers. The added furnishings of this blazon of advertisement will be discussed beneath in greater detail.

The arch architects aural criminology on the abstraction of account advertisement were Stanley Cohen and Jack Adolescent work. (Cohen and Adolescent (1973)). Their assignment proposed two polarised angle of account advertisement traditions. Firstly their assignment proposes a ‘Mass Artful Model’ which argues that the accessible is acquiescent receptors of advice and letters cat-and-mouse to be afflicted by the account media. (Ibid: 10). This archetypal proposes that the media is the absolute access on association that serves to reinforce ascendant views. (Carrabine (2008); 3). Secondly, this archetypal is assorted with a ‘Commercial Laissez-Faire model’ which takes a added assorted access and is beheld as actuality beneath artful of accessible acumen but rather is apparent to added a assortment of opinions. (Cohen and Adolescent (1973): 11). The commonalities aural Cohen and Young’s assignment and the all-inclusive arrangement of consecutive abstract on media and abomination are the focus on the acceptance that media advertisement may be potentially damaging or adverse to society. There are three capital areas of analysis absorption aural the abstract on the furnishings of media advertisement on society. (Greer 2010: 379). Firstly the furnishings of media abandon on animal behaviour, the appulse of media images of abomination and aberancy on abhorrence of crime, and the role of the media in the assembly of moral panics. (Ibid).

The apropos about media advertisement influencing and impacting association detrimentally accept developed in the abstract forth two lines. Firstly, analysis occupies a acceptable “right” appearance that media advertisement and representation of abomination influences association by the way it glamorises abomination through television programming, blur genres, printed and agenda press, music and gaming mediums. The focus of the acceptable appropriate appearance is on the bulletin delivered through the media to association and how that message, in turn, is interpreted. In particular, the acceptable appropriate affair is centred aloft the bulletin actuality delivered and the likelihood that recipients will appoint in agitated or bent behaviour. Secondly, analysis abstract additionally occupies a ‘left’ approach. The ‘left’ access concentrates affair on the media images of abomination and abandon which increases the abhorrence of abomination aural the accepted public. If media delineation of abomination after-effects in a association which is added aflutter it will legitimise the state’s role in creating new acknowledged frameworks advised to accouterment and accord with the law and adjustment issues. Altheide (2009) argues that the media consistently uses its advertisement on law and adjustment to adjure ‘moral panics’ amidst the accepted public. (Altheide (2009): 79). Moral panics are acute media fuelled bursts of aggregate affair or abuse directed adjoin accurate ‘fork devils’. (Ibid). In accurate moral panics action back the media spotlight accurate issues which accord acceleration to civic apropos which crave abrupt action by the government to apparatus a action to counter-act the concern.

This affiliate will bisect into three sections, the aboriginal area will altercate the appulse of the media delineation of abomination aloft animal behaviour, secondly the appulse of the images of abomination and deviances aloft the abhorrence of abomination and thirdly the role of media in creating and breeding moral panics.

2.1 Media Delineation of Abomination and Animal Behaviour:

There accept been a cardinal of studies conducted to accede the appulse of abomination delineation aural the media over the accomplished bristles decades. A abstraction conducted by Bandura et al (1963) advised the appulse of assuming agitated and advancing films. (Bandura et al (1963): 3-4). The abstraction focused on free whether altar who are subjected to the delineation of assailment would afterwards watching the blur adapt the assailment from the blur or at atomic be afflicted by the aggression. The authors conducted a accurate agreement to investigate whether accouchement who were subjected to advancing filmed animation scenes would affectation advancing tendencies afterwards watching their film. The after-effects of the abstraction accustomed the authors to achieve that there was able affirmation to advance that acknowledgment to filmed assailment acute advancing reactions in the accouchement beneath the experiment. The abstraction approved that those accouchement who were subjected to the filmed advancing behaviour apparent alert as abundant assailment in the after-effects of the watching the abbreviate animation as those accouchement who were not subjected to aggression. (Ibid: 9). Additionally, the abstraction begin that not alone were the accouchement who were subjected to the advancing cartoons displayed assailment afterwards but those aforementioned accouchement were afflicted by the blazon of aggression. (Ibid). The authors called accouchement as the altar of their agreement as they believed that accouchement represented the best acquiescent receptors for their blur which would accommodate a abundant arena for their experiment. However, it is important to agenda that abounding academics accept criticised the access active by Bandura et al (1963) in the way they conducted their experiment. Abounding critiques catechism the abstruse and abstract authority of the abstraction with accurate affair in bond the furnishings of assailment on accouchement to adults. (Gauntlett (2001): 47-49). Although abundant criticism can be levelled adjoin the study, it does about authenticate that bodies are able of actuality acquiescent receptors of media letters and aural this acquiescent accompaniment they can potentially become afflicted to media influence.

Despite ample criticism in the abstract on the abstruse and abstract limitations of empirically assessing the access amid media furnishings and actions, there charcoal an affirmation on a articulation amid media burning and bent behaviour. (Borden (1975), Browne and Pennell (1998), Gauntlett and Hill (1999)). For archetype in the after-effects of the annihilation of Jamie Bulger by two ten-year-old boys in 1993 films such as Child’s Comedy III and alternative agitated video amateur were articular as actuality the account for influencing adolescent adults in acting out agitated intentions. (Barker (2001)). Although no affiliation can empirically be fabricated in the Jamie Bulger case to explain why two ten-year-old accouchement would display such agitated tendencies. Analogously in Columbine in 1999 back two teenagers attack 12 classmates and one teacher, and added abasing 21 others, the music of Marilyn Manson, the blur “The Basketball Diaries” and agitated video amateur were all articular by assorted media sources as accidental to the account of such a massacre. (Muzzatti (2003)). Additionally, back a access of atramentous killings emerged in Birmingham in the 2002/2003 the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, firmed abhorrent the media for creating a ability of killing as a ‘fashion accessory’. (Mueller (2003)). Although logically it may be accepted that accretion abandon in films, television and computer amateur all may accord to invoking abandon tendencies to those who watch them and in accurate accouchement and adolescent adults may be added afflicted to the bulletin of abandon than adults. However, it should be acclaimed that no affiliation be fabricated empirically due to the difficult attributes of investigating such a affiliation amid abomination delineation and bent behaviour. Nonetheless, in a time of account such as the Jamie Bulger case, the Columbine annihilation and alternative instances arrant out for the explanation, abounding point towards the access of media letters invoking violence.

It is approved by Barker and Petley (2001) that it is accessible to acceptable analysis on media abandon and audiences if it is conducted in accordance with accurate concepts, theories and methods. (Barker and Petley (2001)). It is absorbing to agenda that Barker and Petley accede that by artlessly aggravating to calculation agitated scenes/acts or conduct and again to admeasurement them adjoin an aftereffect on an admirers absolutely aural a quantitative framework is ambience the agreement up to fail. (Ibid: 5-10). The authors altercate that a added articular access is to analyze the acceptation that altered forms of media abandon may authority for altered audiences in altered contexts. (Greer 2010: 403-404). The authors draw aloft alternative qualitative works and attack to analyze the meanings that altered forms of media abandon may authority for altered audiences. The net aftereffect of Barker and Petley’s assignment is that it demonstrates the achievability of exploring how media may aftereffect altered audiences in altered ways. Although it is not empirically accepted in that it inferences meanings from alternative empiric works, it goes somewhat to acknowledgment the access amid animal behaviour and media delineation of crime.

2.2 The appulse of bent images and aberancy on abhorrence of crime:

It is approved by Ditton et al that there accept been at atomic 73 attempts to authorize a affiliation amid media burning and abhorrence of abomination with alone 23 per cent of studies award a absolute accord and 73 per cent abort to accomplish any connections. (Ditton et al 2004: 595-598). Ditton et al altercate that one acumen why the access amid media burning and abhorrence of abomination may not be begin in the studies added frequently is that abundant of the above-mentioned studies do not access the catechism from a methodologically acceptable approach. (Ibid). All the studies ask the actual the question, whether there is a affiliation to be fabricated amid media burning and abhorrence of crime, but they abatement bottomward on the methods active to access at the answer. The authors in their assignment access the catechism by attempting to affected the articular abstruse weaknesses of antecedent studies by employing a mix of quantitative and qualitative approaches in the analysis of media burning and abhorrence of crime. Ditton et al’s assignment firstly demonstrates that abundant of the absolute abstract on establishing a affiliation amid media burning and abhorrence of abomination uses alone quantitative approaches to validate their results, to which the authors accredit to as ‘amateurish’. (ibid: 595). The authors altercate that in adjustment to accomplish fuller added embodied access amid media burning and abhorrence of abomination quantitative and qualitative analysis approaches are all-important to appoint abundantly with media accession and influence. They use qualitative approaches including, interviews and focus groups to analyze absolutely how the media consumers can be afflicted by media messages. Their abstraction concludes that there is some abhorrence of abomination by media consumers who are subjected to agitated crimes through the media delineation of crime. (Ibid: 606-607). Interestingly their abstraction concludes that the abhorrence associated with the media delineation of abomination does not aftereffect from the localness of the address or the sensationalist account but rather the individual’s estimation of the media content. (Ibid).

The accent of the Ditton et al abstraction highlights that individuals who are apparent to the media depictions of abomination can and do affirmation levels of abhorrence of abomination as a aftereffect of that exposure. It additionally highlights that by employing quantitative and qualitative analysis approaches it is accessible to authenticate that individuals’ abhorrence of abomination is primarily amid aural their estimation of the media story.

Another important aspect of the appulse of bent images and aberancy invoking abhorrence of abomination is Cavender’s (2004) assignment on applying David Garland’s ability of ascendancy theory. (Cavender (2004): 335). Cavender argues that by applying Garland’s theories on the alive of bent behavior over the accomplished aeon to the development of media studies can accommodate added abutment for Garland theories. (Ibid). The columnist argues that in the 1970s the accessible acumen both in the USA and the UK was centred aloft the acceptance that association in accepted was acceptable added chancy which were ashore in the letters of ascent abomination rates, political abetment of the media and media representations of crime. (Ibid: 336). The altercation actuality fabricated by Cavender is that during the 1970s media representations in accession to political representations of a ascent course of abomination appropriate abrupt action affairs by the government. The assorted governments from the 1970s acclimated the media representations of abomination as the base to advance their behavior for acclamation and accomplishing to ‘manage’ and ‘control’ crime. Assorted political parties acclimated these media representations of bent action to present solutions to accord with law and adjustment issues. Cavender credibility to the 1970s in band with Garland as the axis point for accessible abhorrence of abomination which accustomed alternating governments to apply assorted strategies which were perceived as able at managing crime. (Ibid: 337). Goode (1989) identifies that the media delineation of abomination in the 1980s focused on the drugs problems which after precipitated into behavior which were advised to accord with the ‘war on drugs’. (Goode (1989)). By employing Cavender’s antecedent it accessible to altercate that the media depictions of bent action in 1970s invoked a abhorrence of abomination decidedly absorption on both adolescent and developed offenders. The 1980s media delineation of abomination represented a abhorrence of drugs and spotlighted the charge for tougher laws on ambidextrous with the specific issues surrounding drugs wars. The 1990s can be characterised by a focus on adolescence abomination and austere offending.

Cavender’s assignment demonstrates somewhat the appulse media delineation can accept aloft abomination and in particular, it can facilitate the use of callous behavior which are perceived to be able at ambidextrous with crime. Additionally, Ditton et al highlight that media delineation does accord appear a accepted acumen that abomination in the media can accord appear a abhorrence of abomination with desperate furnishings aloft association both in agreement of a chancy acumen and secondly aloft the laws governments may achieve to counter-act the accident perception. Anniversary decade back the 1970s has focused action on arrest accurate crimes which the media has spotlighted through its delineation of crime.

2.3 The role of the media in moral panics:

A moral agitation is an acute access of accessible clamor at accurate issues which are primarily media fuelled. Essentially the affair beneath a moral agitation invokes a accessible clamor which is perceived to be a blackmail to civic ethics and interests. (Cohen (2002): 1-6).

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