Incomplete sentences : exploitation and empowerment in American incarceration media
Author(s)Thompson, Rachel Paige.
Exploitation and empowerment in American incarceration media
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies.
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Nearly 7 million individuals are currently under correctional supervision in America, with around 2.3 million confined in county, state, federal, and private correctional facilities. For those who are not currently and likely never will be incarcerated - including the majority of lawmakers and policymakers and myself - popular media in part defines our understandings of the American corrections system, from policing to the courts to imprisonment. In order to interrogate the ways in which such popular media can lift up or drown out the voices of those who are incarcerated, I critically analyze three case studies: a popular television show, an acclaimed podcast, and a recently released feature film with an accompanying documentary. Broadly, I argue that all texts constituting the incarceration media genre produce varying positionalities along an exploitation-empowerment spectrum, and by situating my chosen texts in dialogue with one another, I explore how these shifting relationships operate through popular mass media.
Thesis: S.M. in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 99-107).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comparative Media Studies.