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dc.contributor.authorLancaster, Kari
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Caitlin
dc.contributor.authorSpicer, Bridget
dc.contributor.authorMatthew-Simmons, Francis
dc.contributor.authorDillon, Paul
dc.date.accessioned2011-05-17T06:10:29Z
dc.date.available2011-05-17T06:10:29Z
dc.date.issued2011-05-17
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-74210-224-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2123/7382
dc.description.abstractUsing mainstream media communication theories, this article outlines different mechanisms by which media can impact on public perceptions of drugs and crime. The media can set the agenda and define public interest; frame issues through selection and salience; indirectly shape individual and community attitudes towards risk and norms; and feed into political debate and decision making. We demonstrate how the media can fulfill each of these roles by examining the so-called Miaow Miaow (Mephedrone) legal high ‘epidemic’, as reported in the United Kingdom news media from 2009-2010. In doing so we illustrate that by contributing to hysteria, exerting pressure for policy change and increasing curiosity in drug use, the media can have a potentially powerful impact on demand for drugs and public perceptions of illicit drugs and drugs policy.en_AU
dc.description.sponsorshipSydney Institute of Criminology; School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Sydneyen_AU
dc.language.isoen_AUen_AU
dc.publisherSydney Institute of Criminologyen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofseriesANZCCC2010en_AU
dc.rightsThe author retains copyright of this work.en_AU
dc.subjectmediaen_AU
dc.subjectdrugsen_AU
dc.subjectcritical criminologyen_AU
dc.titleCuriosity Killed the M-Cat: an Examination of Illicit Drugs and Mediaen_AU
dc.typeConference paperen_AU
dc.contributor.departmentSydney Institute of Criminologyen_AU


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