Project Proposal Ariel Tix

Part One

What societal problem or problems have you identified while researching your topic?

I looked into how the media can help or hurt during police investigation and court cases. I'm running into a problem with my sources and how many directions they go, I found some where the media are acting with police and how they may positively or negatively influence a case. But I also ran into a case study impacting the way the public feels based on the media's coverage of criminal cases and open investigations. I'm really stuck on where to go with this research.

What are the causes of this problem? Was it intentional? Are there extenuating circumstances?

The causes vary, and sometimes they are accidental and seemingly unavoidable with the current regulation.
In the case with the public's fear of crime and their potential reactions to the fear, media plays a substantial role in the cause. In the case where the media can influence the public's opinion of guilt before they are even tried, I think can be done accidentally or intentionally, but regardless, it still could ruin the chances of a fair trial.

What can we do about it? Is there any action that can be taken to change this? What action has been already attempted to address this problem? Why wasn't it successful?

This is hard to say, I don't really have a proposed solution to the problem. There are laws and amendments protecting freedom of speech and press, but also to the right to privacy and the right to a fair trial. It makes a gray area and its hard make a general rule without infringing on the rights of one group. I think it might be possible to make a stricter rule regulating media coverage of criminal cases, but that would be tough to accomplish.

Part Two

In what ways is this thesis and topic challenging (p.108)?

The problem has to do with fairness and rights of different groups, these rights are conflicting, making it a challenge to answer the question on how to solve the problem.

How is this thesis and topic compelling (p.108)?

This topic is compelling at least to me because it has to do with fairness, and I'm not so naive to believe that everything is fair, but I think that where things can be made fair and equal they should be. Defendants should have the right to a fair trial, where they are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but in many high profile cases where the media covers the case, and adds in their own opinions and assumptions the jury and public are likely to agree with what ever the media puts out there.

In what ways is this thesis and topic debatable or controversial (p. 109)?

I think the debate is between how to best solve the problem without infringing on the rights of the press, (freedom of speech) and rights of the accused ( right to a fair trial) these are conflicting.

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