ERIC Number: EJ1022279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Crime, the Media, and Constructions of Reality: Using HBO's "The Wire" as a Frame of Reference
Guastaferro, Wendy P.
College Student Journal, v47 n2 p264-270 Jun 2013
This article shows how a uniquely situated television show was used as a pedagogical tool to address numerous criminal justice topics in a crime and media course. The show is Home Box Office's (HBO) "The Wire." The first season focused on "the law" and "the street" and how each is affected by drug enforcement, sales, and use. Specific attention is given to the themes and generalizations from the show that can be used to promote more informed understanding about society. Implications are provided.
Descriptors: College Students, Mass Media Role, Television, Student Surveys, Gender Issues, Crime, Criminals, Drug Abuse
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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