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1. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

"Society both fears and is fascinated by crime"

I have to write a paper on the above sentence for my Open University course and I would be very grateful for any feedback from my friends from around the world.

To give you some idea of where I'm going with this . . .

Fear . . . most societies and individuals spend vast amounts of money protecting themselves against crime (from the police force to burglar alarms)

Fascination . . . not just fictional crime (ie reading Sherlock Holmes or whatever) but real crime. We love following the tabloid newspapers to find out what's happening with a particular case right from start to finish.

Any deep insights? Any thoughts completely different from my own?

[ Edit: Edited on May 15, 2007, at 1:05 AM by mikeyBoab ]

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I think you have to WRITE a paper not right it .................. Ok so Tway is probably still in bed so l thought l would help the grammer police out!!!!!!!!!!!

3. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Purdy

I think you have to WRITE a paper not right it .................. Ok so Tway is probably still in bed so l thought l would help the grammer police out!!!!!!!!!!!

I had better not do that on the paper.

TWAY! Get up and check my grammer. <-- That was a joke, before anyone starts

[ Edit: Edited on May 15, 2007, at 1:06 AM by mikeyBoab ]

4. Posted by garry moll (Budding Member 348 posts) 9y

hey Micheal you want me to check it ??????
no mate im worse than you.
just rely on the spell check and grammer check mate.
god it must be nice to be learned.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Although I am interested in this topic, i am not sure what to say about it, as there is no list of questions to answer.

Yes, there are some things that happen, that I am both fascinated and fearful of. For example, if something happens, that I find extraordinary, I follow the story in the news, with fascination. If the story is about something bad, I feel fear, as well as fascination, because I wonder if this could possibly happen to me, or somebody I love.;)

6. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

hey Mikey,

you could maybe look into how the medja/government like to keep people in a state of fear as it fuels consumerism. that's a totally bland statement i just made but there is some scope there...;)

7. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting emma1979

hey Mikey,

you could maybe look into how the medja/government like to keep people in a state of fear as it fuels consumerism. that's a totally bland statement i just made but there is some scope there...;)

I dunno . . . not sure if I agree with that. Not that it's necessarily wrong I just don't see how such an argument could be constructed.

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Emma
I think the media supply us, with whatever will sell.
If we insist on being kept in a state of fear, then that is what they will provide.;)

Mel

9. Posted by Fun Bobby (Budding Member 115 posts) 9y

Also love watching those shows like "Police, Camera, Action" and "Worlds Deadliest Car Chases" and the like. Really pisses me of at the end though when the narrartor reads out the criminals sentences. You would think having their criminal acts caught on camera would shock the judge or jury as much as it does me the viewer. I always find the punishment very lenient.

10. Posted by mohit_sa (Full Member 59 posts) 9y

My 2 cents.

There is a different attitude when we follow a news, say, about a murder and when we read a spy novel.

There are some crimes which do fascinate us and the likes of a bank heist or con job are those ones. They've got a lot of adrenaline pumping ingredients in them like money, notoriety (some may call it fame), intellect, cleverness etc. These are the same things which make us read a spy story or watch a movie like Reservoir Dogs.

Then there are crimes which we follow because we want to know the outcome. Or in other words, we want to be sure the guilty is punished. I dont think we'll find a book where a cold-blooded murderer is the main protagonist and who is expected to go scot-free at the end of the story. We follow the news of a murderer or rapist on the media just to make sure the criminal is brought to books. It fuels our general belief that we live in a society where justice prevails which in turn adds to our sense of security and all that is good.

Of course, the feelings can vary from person to person. We might not like a murderer on the news but love watching James Bond shoot down dozens. As long as it is for some good, we will look up to it.