Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?
One might ask this question about the media and violence.
Does the crime come first, and then the media coverage, or does the media coverage cause the violence?
Perhaps it is both.
For example, a serious violent crime happens. This generates enormous media coverage. This motivates copy-cats to commit future crimes.
One dominant argument in the media, ironically, is that the media promote violent crime. Stories are often housed in this context. It's called the "violent media frame."
here's a good summary of the argument: