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Social Media Homicide ConfessionsStories of Killers and their Victims$
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Elizabeth Yardley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447328001

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447328001.001.0001

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Media in homicide: from consumption to participation

Media in homicide: from consumption to participation

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Social Media Homicide Confessions

Elizabeth Yardley

Policy Press

This chapter examines the extent to which criminologists have addressed issues relating to media representation of homicide. It first considers the shifts in media and the degree to which criminologists have accommodated these changes in their work. In particular, it discusses one strand of the mediatisation literature that focuses on the concept of ‘media logic’ and draws on the criminological literature around school shootings to address the question of how homicide is portrayed in media. It then explores cultural criminology's concern with the superficial nature of wider criminological sense making around media. It also looks at several studies that focus on homicide perpetrators' use of media, noting that some scholars have pointed to the killer's pursuit of celebrity status. The chapter concludes by calling on criminologists to push the boundaries and engage with questions of media as practice.

Keywords:   criminologists, media representation, homicide, mediatisation, media logic, school shootings, cultural criminology, celebrity status

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