Brea, A. T. (2022). We Aim to Entertain You: A Qualitative Analysis of Fictionalized Representations in American Television. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2524
Previous research has demonstrated that televisions are a large source of information for viewers and have the potential to influence our beliefs and values, as popular representations often go unquestioned. This can be considered dangerous when sensitive social groups such as prison inmates are being misrepresented in popular crime shows. In recent years, the number of crime shows on television has increased by 50%. In the long run of learning from misrepresentation, viewers, who are also civilian voters, can potentially create long-lasting and detrimental circumstances for prison populations across the nation without fully understanding the nature of their decisions. As voters, jurors, and politicians, it is important to take caution of the internalization of misrepresentations. This qualitative analysis aims to acknowledge previously stated research and observe and analyze two case studies: Orange is the New Black (2013) and Oz (1997), and how the shows are portrayed accurately or inaccurately as compared to prior research.