-Discuss the changes that you have observed since your childhood in the way crime and justice is portrayed in the media. Which changes do you think are positive and which ones do you think are negative? Discuss whether the media today more often promote crime control or due process goals.
-Discuss recent criminal-justice-related events that have been looped in the media. Talk over how many were originally real versus fictional events and how the original events have been altered and used in new media contexts.
-Compile a list of criminal justice memorial policies and discuss the characteristics of the persons and events they memorialize and the policies they established. Discuss what the characteristics of the crimes and victims say about criminality and crime in America and what the resulting policies suggest as a general philosophy of criminal justice.
-Discuss why many common social experiences, such as attending concerts, football games, or meeting new people, are today preferred to be experienced via new interactive media (you may include how COVID has impacted these experiences). Discuss the advantages and disadvantages mediated experiences have over real-world experiences.
-Discuss how the constructed reality you had of college while in high school differed from the reality you found and what your sources of information about college life were. Some of you may have had many years between your undergraduate degree and graduate school; you may include this as part of your answer. Was information the media supplied important for your initial expectations?
Deconstruct recent news media coverage of an ongoing criminal case, listing the claims makers, their factual and interpretative claims, and any use of narratives, symbolic crimes, linkage, and ownership. Discuss which of the five common crime frames the news stories best support.
-Discuss crime films that fit each of Sasson’s five frames.
-Discuss a recent high-profile crime in terms of how the social construction process was utilized to construct the event as a symbolic crime and any social and policy impacts that resulted.