The CSI Effect: How Forensic Crime Television Shows Affect Society
Added on -2019-09-20
This paper examines the impact of forensic crime television shows, specifically the CSI effect, on society. It analyzes the portrayal of crime scene investigation on TV, the influence on public perception, and the effect on the criminal justice system. The paper recommends that viewers should be aware of the difference between TV dramas and real-life crime cases and that crime-related television news is often factual.
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Introduction In this current paper, a discussion is represented on the influence of crime scene investigation (CSI) shows on society. The main ideology behind writing this assignment is to reflect an opinion on the influence of CSI on society group comprising every age-group people. In context to this paper, a thesis is put forward to examine the relationship between exaggerated portrayal offorensic science on crime television shows and their effects on public who find a suspect guilty when presented with a case involving only circumstantial and eyewitness evidence. It happens every day that we come across a crime investigation shows and get fascinated by them because of the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on shows such as CSI. Since, the profound effectof CSI shows are frequently viewed on society todayand has always been for years, there is a need to research the effect it has on the profession in reality and based on that provide an in-depth sight that how viewing patterns of crime shows can directly or indirectly influence the effect that results from the CSI shows.For the purpose of background, we need to dive into the origin of CSI shows. The term crime scene investigation first gained fame in the year 2004 in an article featuring the effect being made on trial jurors by television programs based on forensic science in USA Today. The synonyms for CSI are referred to as the CSI syndromeand theCSI infection. The exaggerated portrayal of involvement of crime scene investigation and forensic science-based crime shows ontelevision has hugely impacted the public perception. The biggest challenge associated with such shows are that with the advancement of improved crime scene analysis and forensic technology, people have gathered higher expectations for the provision of more forensic evidence in criminal trials (Spichler et al., 2015).
The effect of CSI shows on the society group comprising every age-group people is indeed very real. Youths nowadays are majorly affected by the crime scene investigation shows. The shows broadcasted on television talks about more science and their involvement in dealing with the crime scenes. Youths, especially students seem to be fantasized in large numbers by the kind of tools used in carrying forensic tasks. Tools such as DNA fingerprinting and 3D Laser Scanner, laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, alternative light photographyand others used for carrying forensic tasks have widely grabbed the attention of people when they seethe same on television finding application in solving and tracing crimes. Those CSI shows focusing on fighting digital crime are gaining more attention and popularity in today’s world (Penfold-Mounce, 2016). CSI effect is named for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and is a television program which was premiered in year 2000 and is broadcasted up till the present (2000 - 2015). The program features a fictional team comprising crime scene investigators who are ready to solve every complex and simple murder cases in theLas Vegas metropolitan area. These fictional investigators are found to solve end-numbers of mysterious murder cases, with the help of scientific methodologies. The criminal cases are solved by gathering and investigating forensic evidences on crime scenes, interrogates witnesses, and arrest criminals based on the findings. The show has gathered much popularity, and has continued to inspire views of the show. The popularity of forensic crime television shows are up to such an extent that viewers are highly fascinated up till the date by the contents of the shows and out of it they develop many misconceptions about the nature of forensic science and investigation procedures, especially in the legal cases which take place in the real scene and not in the reel (Bull, 2014).
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