Ok, I'm studying media at college, and I have to get people's opinions on a hypothesis for part of my final exam.
My working Hypothesis is:
How are violent crimes represented in the media, and what effect does this have on the stereotypical views on groups such as Teenagers and Ethnic Minorities?
Could people give their opinions on this question. It doesn't matter how detailed it is, but the more detailed the better
Ooo interesting topic, wish I chose Media.
Umm I would say that violent crimes are, particularly in tabloid papers such as The Daily Mail, turned into scandals, that, if anything, propel fear more than prevent it. This year they say knife crime is serious and all young people go about carrying them, whereas the number hasn't increased this year, the papers are just making a bigger fuss about it which could in turn lead to younger people feeling more inclined to bring weapons to school as they're scared of everyone else with weapons,etc. It's a bit of a vicious circle. I think Teenagers have been portrayed in a negative light by the Media; according to them we're anti social, knife wielding thugs who like to wear hoods, which I think has kind of created a false impression of the majority, which also can, I believe in turn, propel anti social behaviour as there is a lack of respect between younger people and the sections of the public who read the newspapers,etc.
Hope any of that helps.