Images Used to Depict High Profile Court Cases

Kaitlyn Pomponio

Among the images that we are bombarded with every day, there are images used by the media to relay current events.  However instead of using these images to present the facts, media often uses them to skew our perception.  This is common among high profile court cases.  For my final project I will explore how media depicts innocence and guilt by targeting stereotypes of race and gender. This reinforces such stereotypes and therefore makes it more difficult to reverse them. This use of images is exemplified in the coverage of the trials of OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony, and George Zimmerman.

Resources Explored

1. Fox News Insider: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRsAdTGh_AI

2. http://next.upi.com/archive/2011/11/29/Slutification-the-media-and-Casey-Anthony/9991322612990/

3. Brunson, William J., Daphne A. Burns, and Robin E. Wosje. “Media and the Courts.” Presiding over a Capital Case: A Benchbook for Judges. Reno, NV: National Judicial College, 2009. 69-85. Print.

4. “Examining Coverage Of The Trayvon Martin Case.” Npr.org. National Public Radio, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014.

5. Jones, Thomas L. “The Murder Trial of O.J. Simpson — — Crime Library.” Crimelibrary.com. Crime Library, n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014.

 

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