Criminological Theories Presented in the Media

There are five groups of criminological theories supported in media representations of crime and justice. The five theories are:

Rational-choice theories: Crime is seen as being a free-will decision.
Biological theories: A person is born to kill.
Psychological theories: Crime is caused by defective mental or personality development.
Sociological theories: Crime is caused by a criminal environment.
Political theories: Crime is the result of inequity, oppression, and racism.
The media tends to reflect the theories popular at a given time. Based on your understanding of these theories, respond to the following:

Analyze and explain which of these theories the media is most likely to use to spike their ratings or to bring in more money.
Which of these theories can be seen in current films? Explain why it is used.
Give an example of a current film and explain how you feel a theory is represented in the film.
When more than one theory is present in a film, how are the theories incorporated?p(1)

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