"Readers or listeners often want an explanation of why crimes happen. They ask: 'Could it happen to me?' They may want to know so that they can prevent a similar thing happening to themselves" (Ingram & Henshall).
This quote really stood out to me when learning why crime articles are important to everyday readers. Everyone wants to know how and why something happened. This seems to be because of how out of the ordinary the event is. Take a theft, for example, that happens within someone's neighborhood. This would scare anyone after reading or watching the information. Most people would call their friends and neighbors and tell them to make sure they lock their doors and keep everything secure. I would bet that most people would ask their neighbors to keep an eye open for any suspicious activity. Why do humans become so scared about a close to home event, but no so worried about a distant event?
Unfortunately, a more in-depth crime with a lot of terrible information will attract an audience for days. What makes horror so interesting to people? Is it the psychological realism or is it just because of how terrible the action is?
Ingram & Henshall and also stated "It is not always the major crimes which make the most interesting news." This was really interesting to me because of how true the statement is. If something terrible happens in a big city, then the news will cover it, but that will be about all. What about a terrible event that happens in a small city of less than 200 people? It will be in the paper everyday and on the news with up-dates daily. It seems to be opposite of what some people would think because a big city should attract more attention, but that doesn't seem the case.
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