The Media And Its Impact On Society

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The Oxford dictionary defines the media as “the main means of mass communication”, and can consist of anything from television shows to newspaper articles, to twitter feeds, to even word of mouth. In a time where celebrity scandal is integrated into every medium, the sensationalization of celebrities in criminal cases can spread like wild fire. This certainly rings true in the case of Bill Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault since as early as 2005. In 2014, a surge of women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assaults that allegedly occurred in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Of the 40 women that came forward, 15 are considered to have potential legitimate cause for belief, and at least one of which could have the ability to produce viable evidence of said assault. Classism, sexism and ageism all come to intersect in the media as the animated discourse surrounding the Cosby case progresses. This essay will examine multiple media sources such as the Huffington Post, Times Magazine and CNN to indicate and biases that are codified and ingrained in Canadian society, how they are used as lenses for criminal cases, how the media plays on these biases and why. Because the sexual assaults in the Cosby case deal with events that occurred decades ago, the facts of the case become limited, as “hear-say” evidence must be excluded from sure facts. The main facts, therefore, concern 40 women across the USA who have come forward since 2005, all accusing Bill Cosby of sexually
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