Forensics in American Culture

Forensics in American Culture

by Jean Ford


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Forensics in American Culture by Jean Ford

Why are programs such as CSI, Law & Order, and Cold Case so popular? Because our culture is fascinated with crime-and these television shows reveal investigators procedures and secrets. With so many forensic based television programs it might seem that North America's morbid curiosity is a new phenomenon. The truth is, however, that humans have always been fascinated by that which also frightens them. What's more humans are attracted to puzzles-and forensic science offers opportunities to solve mysteries while at the same time "catching the bad guys." Modern media has only magnified the tendencies of previous generations. This book takes a look at the ways this fascination with crime shapes modern news media, television programming, movies, and the Internet. It also provides information on the real-life opportunities for forensic careers Forensic science is more than just a cultural obsession-it's a fast growing professional field. Forensics in American Culture will reveal this field's intriguing mixture of science mystery excitement, and justice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422228708
Publisher: Mason Crest, an Imprint of National Highlight
Publication date: 09/28/2013
Series: Solving Crimes With Science Series: Forensics
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Fascination and Fear 9

2 Willing Witnesses: Crime and the News Media 31

3 Armchair Investigators: Crime on Television 49

4 Criminal Capers: Crime and Hollywood 67

5 Virtual Villains: Crime and Computers 81

6 Criminal Genius: Using Crime in Education and Related Careers 95

Glossary 106

Further Reading 107

For More Information 108

Index 109

Picture Credits 110

Biographies 111

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