Media Glamorization of Serial Killers Acts of violence and murder are constantly condemned by the society. Serial killers are among the criminals that are highly despised by the society, people even think of them as animals and demons and threats them that way (Roy 16). Serial Killers are usually motivated in four ways, namely: visionary, mission-oriented, hedonistic, and power of control (24). These different categories will help develop a clear understanding of the psychological condition of the killers. Several recursive cases of murder that happened in the United States were done by serial killers, some of them already caught by the authorities and a few were still out in open and free to do whatever they want.
The irony becomes evident when the responses of society are examined regarding criminals that commit serial murders. People deem these criminals as bad individual that deserves to be punished yet people tend to have more interest with the serial killer and cannot even recognize their victims (16). The main reason for this is because serial killers are glamorized by the media, which develops interest among people that make people more concerned about the identity and background of the criminal rather than taking time in knowing the victims that have suffered in the arms of those killers.
This paper explores five articles that depict how the media plays a role in the glamorization of serial killers. The articles that will be featured in the paper will present several views that will provide a broader understanding of the glamorization of serial killers. Jennifer Copley (2008) had written an article entitled “Media Glamorization of the Psychopath” this focuses on the premise that movies, games, other forms of media support a sociopathic hero.
The article tackles on the subject that North American media glamorizes the psychopath as a “brave war hero, fearless police officer, the dynamic villain, or the misunderstood hero” (Copley 1). The article on “Sex Workers in the Shadows” by Allison Burch (2002) basically describes the scenario among sex workers or prostitutes. These sex workers are often maltreated by their clients and abused, with high vulnerability to attacks from serial killers as well as from law enforcement officers.
Two articles were also chosen that contains various inputs on how the movies have been used to glamorize the serial killers. Georgia Custer (2008), wrote about the TV series Dexter, entitled “CBS shouldn’t Glamorize serial killer on Dexter” where the article focuses mainly on the effect of the series among children and teenagers.
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