Police & the Media
Watch this episode of the Emmy award-winning show Southland and write a short essay addressing three or more of the following:
Define the concept of cosmetized violence. Use evidence from the show as an illustration.
Define the concept of the police-media symbiotic relationship. Use evidence from the show as an illustration.
Define the concept of RCMP Syndrome. Use evidence from the show as an illustration.
The producers of the show call it “a raw and authentic look at the Los Angeles crime scene.” Which parts are authentic? Which are not?
How do popular media portrayals of police work like Southland influence public opinion?
DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME, UID, OR ANY OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION WITHIN THE DOCUMENT. IT SHOULD BE ANONYMOUS.
Do NOT include the question/prompt, course name, course number, date, title, or any other information in a header. Just start writing your essay on the very first line.
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Length: about 750 words, single-spaced (about one full page).
File Format: Microsoft Word file in .doc or .docx file type.
Font: 11- or 12-pt Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri, or Helvetica (standard system fonts).
Margins: standard 1-inch margins on top, bottom, and sides.
Citations: This is a reflection essay, not a research paper. Use any citation style you wish (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), so long as you support claims with references. Even phrases such as “as the textbook argues” or “according to the film” are good enough for our purposes.
All submissions will be anonymously reviewed by your peers.