Sarah Moore, Maria Mellins

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This introductory chapter starts by considering the possibility that media treatments of violent crime illustrate and help explain the tensions that characterise twenty-first-century culture. This is reflected in the book's core themes-outlined in this chapter-namely the interest in 'true' and 'real' crime, the commodification of suffering and new spaces of consumption. We examine the media's role in constructing violent crime, focussing on the tendency to omit, neglect, and deny certain forms of violence. From here, we consider a set of key developments that have come to define the media in the twenty-first century, including the rise of digital media, and with it, the emergence of as-live, 24/7, image-driven coverage. We explore, too, the ongoing-perhaps renewed-influence of long-standing formats and genres, including serialisation and the Gothic. The final part of the chapter provides an overview of the book.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritiquing Violent Crime in the Media
EditorsM. Mellins, S. Moore
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Healthcare
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030837587
ISBN (Print)9783030837570
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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