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Guest Post: Rolling Stone – A Case against Censorship

July 18, 2013 by

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guest post by Warren J. Blumenfeld Editor’s Note: This piece is printed with permission. We provided the images and links.  The release of Rolling Stone’s August 2013 issue featuring bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover has set ablaze a virtual firestorm of protest. A long list of celebrities, including John Rich, Kelly and Jack Osbourn, […]

Oooh Baby Baby It’s a Mean World: Revisiting the War Between Media Effects & Meanings

July 25, 2012 by

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In my last post, I focused on the interconnections between crime coverage in news media and the media literacy skills that audience members should possess. I did so by interrogating some of the findings presented in an infographic compiled by Infobia, which were made available on this blog by CrimeDime. In that post, I focused my attention on the […]

Guest Post: Child Abuse in the Name of God

July 18, 2012 by

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guest post by Warren J. Blumenfeld Editor’s Note: This piece is printed with permission. We provided the images and links.  “You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught From year to year, It’s got to be drummed In your dear little ear You’ve got to be carefully taught. You’ve […]

Crime, News, And Media Literacy

July 11, 2012 by

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Back on April 12, CrimeDime shared an infographic from Infobia. In that post CrimeDime noted that, “The relationship between crime and the media has never been great — and by ‘never been great’ what we really mean is news reporting about crime wildly misrepresents actual crime.” In this post, I’d like to explore this claim in a bit more […]

How The Hunger Games Can Teach Violence Prevention

May 7, 2012 by

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The buzz about The Hunger Games among my colleagues was all centered on the fact that it’s a series in which young people murder young people. (Anyone with dry eyes after Rue is killed has no soul.) While Suzanne Collins, the daughter of a Vietnam vet, has said that she believes preventing war requires exposing […]

Is Charles Manson Still Relevant?

April 17, 2012 by

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After so many years, what relevance is there in the Charles Manson case? I can think of two ways in which his case continues to play a role in the criminal justice system. Manson reminds us that our criminal justice system must be designed to handle the very worst crimes that human beings can imagine. […]

Infobia’s Crime and the Media Graphic

April 12, 2012 by

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The relationship between crime and the media has never been great — and by “never been great” what we really mean is “news reporting about crime wildly misrepresents actual crime and disrupts the political process by misleading the general public, who, in turn, demand that elected officials act upon outrageously distorted beliefs about crime.” Check […]