British Journal of Criminology Assignment

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Running head: CRIMINOLOGYCriminologyName of the StudentName of the UniversityAuthor Note
CRIMINOLOGY1There has been an everlasting relationship between media, crime and politics. Criticshave always argued that the powerful suppresses the weak and in the same way powerfulpoliticians and media personnel suppress the victims of crime. The politicians and modern daymedia designs polices and portray crime in such a way as to trigger their own self interest ratherthan taking an initiative to address the interest and needs of the victims. There has been variousevidence which suggests that victims no longer have their trust in traditional media to gainaccess to justice as they know that media only seeks to commercialize their problems to makeprofit. These victims are now choosing other platforms to seek justice such as social mediawhich has gain huge popularity during the latter part of the previous decadeInFileborn, B. (2016). ‘Justice 2.0: Street harassment victims’ use of social mediaand online activism as sites of informal justice’. British Journal of Criminology,the authorprovides a clear argument that victims of street harassment are now using social media as well asonline activism in order to seek informal justice. According toTrottier and Fuchs (2014)thetraditional and formal system of criminal justice has been subjected to long and problematichistory with respect to sexual violence. However there have also been several studies conductedwhich provide the conclusion that media has a significant role to pay towards solving providingcriminal justice and historically it has acted as the primary public source of providinginformation. The primary reason for this was that people do not interact as much as they use todo in the past and therefore significantly rely on media to be informed about their surroundings.This feature of the society has given the media immense power as the public primarily believewhatever they have been showed by the media. There is little if any effort made by a commonman to find out whether what the media is depicting is true. This nature of the society as mademedia companies owned by private firms and politicians to portray to the society about a
CRIMINOLOGY2situation in a way which financially and politically beneficial to them. The characteristic ofmedia however has been highlight in the last few years and which the advent and popularity ofsocial media the reliability of victims on traditional media to gain justice is declining. InAndrews, Brewster and Day (2016)the author argues that social media provides a far better thantraditional media to share their problems as individual control in social media is much more andthere is very less scope of commercialization and manipulation. The issues related to sexualcrime is dealt vey sympathetically in social media unlike that of traditional media where the factsprovided by the victims are manipulated and altered according to the interest of the media firmsas well as politicians. It has been argued bySurette (2014)that even social mediacommercializes criminal stories through various places and blogs. However the extent to whichmanipulation of facts in done in traditional media to secure personal interest is much more thanthat of social media even.In Box (1983)‘Crime, power and ideological mystification’. In Power, Crime andMystification. Routledgethe author discusses about crime, power and ideology mystification. Ithas been provided by the book that we are always made Rape, Robbery, Murder, wounding, theftand vandalism are the criminal activities which the society is primarily bothered about. This isbecause the politicians and the media provide significant emphasis on these types of crime.According toSwanson and Frederick, (2015)physical crime is the most significant threat whichis posed to the society by criminals. However the argument is not applicable on the modern daysociety. This is because the society has become capitalistic and the primary reason from crime inthe society is economic status. As provided byPaternoster (2016)criminal behavior is initiatedwhen the individuals are not able to achieve a strong economic position in the society which isessential for the purpose of gaining respect and proper treatment. Thus the primary stimulator of
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