From Superhero to Human: A Genealogical Criticism of Depictions of Police Officers in Media from the 1970s to the Present
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Communication Studies Department
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BA in Communication Studies
This senior project suggests that media depictions of law enforcement encourage viewers to adopt certain viewpoints towards police officers. In addition, the more realistic and humanizing that these presentations become, the more positive that the general public’s perceptions of police officers become. By utilizing a genealogical criticism of eight different law enforcement movies, and with support from public opinion polls and the communication theory of Cultivation, this paper will exemplify how the above statement is true.