Since the news coverage increasingly focuses on the dark side of the society, it is undeniable that there are more crime scenes broadcast on TV and radio. Whether the media have to report every detail of crimes has been a controversial issue. Some people consider this trend a development of the media. Nevertheless, I believe it poses threats to adolescent growth.
In the first place, given the mercenary motives behind most detailed crime coverage, it is imperative that we discourage such coverage. The principal purpose of reporters covering criminal acts is to boost newspaper circulations or television ratings. Consequently, much detailed crime coverage is biased or exaggerated. It only serves to leave a multitude of citizens constantly fearful about crime.
In the second place, detailed reports of crimes by the press afford the potential criminals very useful learning materials. Reporting crimes in graphic details helps those who are in the process of planning some criminal act to perfect their plans. Drawing on the well-documented crime stories in the media, would-be criminals learn how to avoid the mistakes in their crime, which may aggravate the already soaring crime rate.
In the third place, detailed reports of heinous(wicked)crimes may traumatize the victims of the reported crimes. The reporters rarely consult the victim before they describe details of horrific crimes to the public. Hence, such reports become nothing more than an attempt to satisfy the curiosity of some individuals. Without the victims’ consent, graphic accounts of crimes may become nightmares to them.
In summary, detailed crime coverage in the media undermines our lives in several ways. I firmly believe if such reports continue to go uncontrolled, it will exert even more baneful(destructive/deadly) influence on individuals, communities and societies.