If you have ever found yourself confused on where you stand with a current event in the criminal justice world, you’ve probably fallen victim to media framing. All frames are supported by some portion of the public, and often, people tend to support more than one frame at a time. Many true crime consumers and justice system enthusiasts are able to perceive each case differently when the stories are constructed using different frames. For example, through the Faulty Criminal Justice System Frame, O.J. Simpson can be seen as guilty. This is accomplished by using the narrative that pins the criminal justice system as corrupt, or unable to complete the one task it was designed to do. However, when the story is told using the Racist System Frame, he is innocent. This frame shows the criminal justice system as a tool to further oppress and discriminate against those who belong to minority groups.
Dr. Ziwei Qi
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"Media, True Crime, and Public Perceptions,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2023, Article 49.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2023/iss2023/49