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Crime has a thousand roots but a single outcome It stems from fear and hatred greed and corruption deprivation and suffering But it always ends with one thing victims Peter Kent journalistIn a single generation communications technology has turned the planet into one small global village Within minutes television and radio relay stories across the country and around the world The same edition of newspapers can be printed simultaneously in cities everywhere and be on the street within hours And as we are all aware the future of the mass media may not be just in the traditional forms of television radio and newspapers but in the emerging technologies like the Internet that will shape the information highway The Internet is an informal and rather anarchic network of computer networks spanning the globe It has given access to the entire world for anyone possessing a computer and a modem These new technologies and their impact on how we share information will force us to revisit fundamental issues such as freedom of expression and associated issues such as crime and crime prevention as well as cultural integrity It is the pervasiveness and immediacy of this whole enterprise that has given mass media enormous power in shaping public opinion For some the tendency has been to view the pervasiveness of the current and emerging mass media in a negative light After all these communications technologies are being used to spread images of crime and violence more widely For most the new technologies mean less control over the images that are spread especially among young people But there is another way to view the mass media technologies We can see them as providing new opportunities to reach out to people Rather than viewing the media as culprit or villain we could begin to see it as a partner Police courts and prisons alone cannot effectively prevent crime Although the criminal justice system is essential to controlling crime
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