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Tuesday, December 6 • 11:35am - 11:55am
Content Analysis Of White Collar Crimes Versus Common Crimes

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This research examines descriptions of white collar criminals in comparison to common criminals using the same publication, The New York Times. Content Analysis is used to examine the adjectives and phrases used when describing three notorious white collar criminals; Bernie Madoff, Frank Abagnale Jr, and Jordan Belfort in comparison to the descriptions used to describe three common criminals. This study examines how factors such as race and socioeconomic status could potentially influence how the way the Media chooses to portray different criminals. The analysis of the adjectives and phrases used to describe white collar criminals paints them in a more favorable light, with descriptions suggesting they are more intelligent, cunning, and successful, therefore, become celebrated in popular media because of it. An analysis is then conducted to see if the difference in the media’s portrayals of different perpetrators influence the public’s opinion and their attitudes about those who commit crimes.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 11:35am - 11:55am PST
012 Karpen Hall