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"Our cognitive systems are very much tied to our perceptions," said Daniel Ansari, a researcher at the Numerical Cognition Laboratory at Western University in Canada. "The main obstacle is that we're dealing with numbers that are too large for us to have experienced perceptually." By contrast, we constantly experience small numbers. "Smaller numbers are more frequent in our daily vocabulary," Ansari said. "When you lay the table you ask your child, how many knives do we need? It's never going to be 10,000 unless you have a very big dinner party."
I wish to chart the conceptual terrain of crime, terrorism, and victim by examining the connection between the mass media and the politics of fear, or decision-makers’ promotion and use of audience beliefs and assumptions about danger, risk and fear in order to achieve certain goals.
I suggest that the politics of fear is a dominant motif for news and popular culture. Moreover, within this framework, news reporting about crime and terrorism are linked with “victimization” narratives.
Fear is presented in the mass media, especially the news media as a feature of entertainment.
Audiences play with the repetitive reports as dramatic enactments of "fear and dread in our lives". The major impact of the discourse of fear is to promote a sense of disorder and a belief that ‘things are out of control.’
Ferraro suggests that fear reproduces itself, or becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy (Ferraro, 1995). Social life can become more hostile when social actors define their situations as "fearful" and engage in speech communities through the discourse of fear. What are very rare events are assumed to be common occurrences. For example, audience members not only talk about brutal assaults and even child kidnappings—which are very rare—but they begin to enact them as hoaxes and to “play with fear” in order to get attention. And people come to share an identity as competent "fear realists" as family members, friends, neighbours and colleagues socially construct their effective environments with fear. Behaviour becomes constrained, community activism may focus more on "block watch" programmes and quasi-vigilantism, and we continue to avoid "downtowns," and many parts of our social world because of "what everyone knows."
[I couldn't get the PDF link to work, but you can easily google up the full PDF file]
A copycat crime is a criminal act that is modeled or inspired by a previous crime that has been reported in the media or described in fiction.
The copycat effect is the tendency of sensational publicity about violent murders or suicides to result in more of the same through imitation.
The term was first coined around 1916 due to the crimes that were inspired by Jack the Ripper. Due to the increase of replicated crimes, criminologists soon began to realize that media coverage played a role in inspiring other criminals to commit crimes in a similar fashion.
I highly recommend everyone read this piece (and his many others) in full.
The politics of fear is buffered by news and popular culture, stressing fear and threat as features of entertainment that, increasingly, are shaping public and private life as mass- mediated experience and has become a standard frame of reference for audiences, claims-makers, and individual actors. Similar to propaganda, messages about fear are repetitious, stereotypical of outside “threats” and especially suspect and “evil others.” These messages also resonate moral panics, with the implication that action must be taken to not only defeat a specific enemy, but to also save civilization. Since so much is at stake, it follows that drastic measures must be taken, that compromises with individual liberty and even perspectives about “rights”, the limits of law, and ethics must be “qualified” and held in abeyance in view of the threat.
In addition to propaganda effects, the constant use of fear pervades crises and normal times: it becomes part of the taken-for-granted word of “how things are,” and one consequence is that it begins to influence how we perceive and talk about everyday life, including mundane as well as significant events. This produces a discourse of fear, the pervasive communication, symbolic awareness, and expectation that danger and risk are a central feature of everyday life. Tracking this discourse shows that fear pervades our popular culture and is influencing how we view events and experience.
News formats, or the way of selecting, organizing and presenting information, shape audience assumptions and preferences for certain kinds of information. The mass media are important in shaping public agendas by influencing what people think about, and how events and issues are packaged and presented. Certain news forms have been developed as packages or “frames” for transforming some experience into reports that will be recognized and accepted by the audience as “news.” Previous research has shown how the “problem frame” was encouraged by communication formats and in turn has promoted the use of “fear” throughout American society (Altheide, 1997).
Fear is presented in the mass media, especially the news media as a feature of entertainment. The use of fear has increased dramatically over the last decade and a half, peaking around 1994. A qualitative content analysis from 1987 – 1996 of several major newspapers shows that the use of fear about doubled in headlines and text of news reports (Altheide and Michalowski, 1999).
Disaster Capitalism: (censorious) the practice (by a government, regime, etc) of taking advantage of a major disaster to adopt liberal economic policies that the population would be less likely to accept under normal circumstances
In what The Wrap characterizes as “a grim coincidence,” it turns out that the trailer that played in theaters before The Dark Knight Rises was for the upcoming movie Gangster Squad and included a scene with trench-coated gangsters firing machine guns through a movie screen into a theater audience.www.mediaite.com...
originally posted by: 3danimator2014
No one is really getting shot in the UK. It's exceptional if it happens. That's point.
Jesus...its like trying to teach infants logic.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
It almost seems like you are saying the media is manipulating people and the sheeple are falling for it hook, line and sinker. Actually, that is exactly what is happening.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
I think the news people are just incredibly bored and go nuts when a big story hits and go overboard.
I think we give people to much credit and assume all these carefully laid plans are working behind the scenes, as some Disney villain cackles maniacally.