Media and the Image of ‘Policing’ This paper will analyze and reflect on the following statement: “Because of public obsession with crime, flashing blue lights and wailing sirens dominate the 24/7 news headlines and entertainment media schedules. This allows the media to play a powerful role in the shaping of the public understanding of the ‘spectacle of policing’ and the criminal justice process” (McLaughlin, xi). The statement reflects several characteristic of our post-industrial society: existence of crime in the society, the influence of media on society (both in general and in particular on the perception of policing and police force) and importance of public opinion in policing maters. It also concisely points to the fact that all...The end:
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