How has the presentation of police brutality in the media changed over time and how have newer forms of technology shed more light on this issue?
1. Police brutality is a relevant issue not only in one state or one country, but a worldwide problem.
There have been many clashes between law enforcement and citizens of countries abroad in recent news. Many people of countries holding protests find themselves being attacked by police.
Even now, people protesting the World Cup in Brazil are being met with violence.
While some protests can become wild, police can sometimes be seen meeting protesters with aggression, many times looking to cause harm.
2. With new technology and the growth of new media, the way police brutality is being viewed and handled is changing.
Youtube, Twitter, Tumblr and various other social media sites are reporting cases of violent police and sharing them rapidly all over the Internet. But even when videocameras were still becoming popular, videos of brutality were being created and were able to be used in court cases against the accused cops.
3. I personally think it would be interesting to research the connection between the media coverage of brutality and race. I think this issue goes pretty deep and I’d really like to see what I can find pertaining to it.
Obviously, there has been immense hostility, hatred and aggression towards African Americans in America’s past and the brutality of law enforcement during the 50s and 60s can be seen in many different photos taken during that time.
I think there are still many instances today where race and class have played a role in police brutality and how or if it is covered by the media.