Blurred between Crime Reality and Crime Fiction


When you’re sitting down watching a crime investigation show, does it ever spring into your mind; does this actually happen in real life?
I know for some people the idea that the investigations and interrogation techniques used can seem to be too far and that there is no way it could be linked to how society today runs.
This phenomena of crime television had definitely changed and impacted the ways police and higher status crime jobs are taking a liking to these roles viewed changing their perceptions and actions to become more violent and abrasive to an extent, like what we see in the television world of crime drama.
The reading this week by Keren Tenenboim- Weinblatt (2009) looks closer into this issue of the use of television drama in mediated political discourse and The integration of the Television series 24, which is based on a ‘ticking time bomb’ storyline base and how Jack Bauer seems to always be able to save the day. If only there was someone like this in society today to come and save us in a time frame of 24 hours…

The world of criminal justice can be seen to have a perceived interest in how these techniques shown on television seem to have positive outcomes so why not display the same actions onto the people in society today committing crimes to get answers in shorter time frames, could be something that seems to be occurring.
In an article from Kate Moritz (2013), looked how real crime scenes are nothing like TV, Interviewing a retired detective Mike Himmel, show just how much Television Crime Series have blurred the lines between what is real and what is fantasy.

“In 35 years of working forensics… I interviewed one murder suspect,” Himmel said. “I hardly ever carried a gun. It’s nothing like that on TV. My wife was watching one of the ‘CSI’ shows… with the people working the crime scene in stiletto heels and fancy, $3,000 suits, and she asked, ‘Did you ever have a partner who looked like that?’ and I said, ‘Darling, I love you dearly, but if I did I wouldn’t have retired.’”
This is an example of the influence of the show has made belief come to mind that it is reality.

The Tenenboim-Weinblatt (2009) reading showed how not only the way that these shows have evoked notions to support and express different political opinions, but how these different interpretations necessarily involve different assumptions about the ontological and epistemological status of the shows in relation to the social and political reality.


Moritz, K. 2013, “The ‘CSI’ effect: How TV influences criminal justice” Science Health and Technology,

Tenenboim-Weinblatt, K. 2009, ‘”Where Is Jack Bauer When You Need Him?” The Uses of Television Drama in Mediated Political Discourse’, Political Communication, vol. 26, pp. 367- 87


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