January 19, 2016

True Crime Series and the "CSI Effect"

Kenny Herzog for Slate (via Vulture) on the "CSI" effects of Making a Murderer and other true crime series. He notes that many experts are doubtful that such series will have much impact on juror thinking.

When it comes to SerialThe Jinx, or Making a Murderer, it’s more likely they merely confirmed viewers’ skeptical tendencies rather than awakened them. After all, jurors—like all people—are encoded with a lifetime of stimuli that have shaped their worldview, minimizing the likelihood that recently ingested media would directly radicalize their biases. So by the time a trial’s commenced, even the most cynical juries will likely allow a measure of deference to the ensuing process.

Interesting reading.

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