Mass Media 05

TOPIC

Does news coverage increase the number of copycat crimes?

Essay

◆ Pros
 I believe that news coverage increases the number of copycat crimes for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that there are many facts that many people committed copycat crimes after they knew about the crimes by the news. These people wouldn’t and couldn’t have committed the crimes if it had not been for the news coverage. Taking this fact into consideration, it is safe to say that news coverage puts the ideas of crimes on people and consequently begets copycat crimes.
 The second reason is that human beings are affected by recently provided information. If one saw a horror movie, one is influenced by the film for a while. The same thing can be said about news coverage. If people are informed about a certain crime, they are influenced by the information for a while. This is psychological fact. If the news broadcasts about bank robbery, people are influenced by that information for a while and some of them may want to imitate it. If the news broadcasts about a clever fraud, some people may take advantage of it and swindle a lot of money.
 For the aforementioned two reasons, I believe that news coverage increases the number of copycat crimes.
(205 Words)

◆ Cons
 I do not believe that news coverage increases the number of copycat crimes for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that people who committed copycat crimes would commit crimes with or without news coverage. Ordinary people do not imitate and commit crimes just because they saw the news coverage. The ones who commit copycat crimes must be crime-prone. Considering this, it cannot be said that news coverage directly relates to the increase of copycat crimes.
 The second reason is that news coverage helps people to prevent the same kind of crimes. It is much harder for criminals to commit crimes when people are careful. If people are informed by the way of the fraud that is rife at the moment, they can avoid falling a victim to it by being careful, thanks to the information by the news coverage. Therefore news coverage does not increase the number of copycat crimes. On the contrary, news coverage contributes to reduce the number of crimes.
 For the aforementioned two reasons, I do not believe that news coverage increases the number of copycat crimes.
(184 Words)

Date:July 30, 2013

メモ

◆ トピック:ニュースの報道は模倣犯を増やすか?

例によって、賛成派と反対派を書きました。

賛成派では、
「実際に、多くの人が模倣犯罪をしている」
「人間は、最近、脳に入った情報に影響される」
の2つを、キーアイディアに、書いてみました。

反論としては、
「ニュースが直接の原因であるという根拠にはならないのでは?」
「その情報を自分を守るために使う人のたくさんいるので、模倣犯を増やす根拠にはならないのでは?」
などが考えられます。

反対派では、
「模倣犯罪をするような人は、ニュースの報道があろうが無かろうが、犯罪を犯す」
「ニュースの報道は、模倣犯を増やすどころか、同じような犯罪が起きるのを防ぐ」
の2つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「そのような人に、犯罪のニュースが報道すれば、模倣犯罪が増える事になるのでは?」
「その情報を、自分の犯罪に悪用する人もたくさんいるのでは?」
などが考えられます。