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Dangerous dogs or dangerous reporting? Dog bite fatalities in the news

Dangerous dogs or dangerous reporting? Dog bite fatalities in the news

Kaspersson, Maria (2016) Dangerous dogs or dangerous reporting? Dog bite fatalities in the news. In: British Society of Criminology Conference, 6-8 July 2016, Nottingham Conference Centre. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Dog bite fatalities are uncommon in the UK, and therefore tend to be reported. Galtung (1998) states that we live not so much in an information society, as in a ‘disinformation’ society and media are often responsible for this disinformation. Issues regarding dogs, dog bites and 'dangerous' dogs (or, 'status' or 'weapon' dogs) discussed in news media means the main source of information available to the public is shaped by reporting practices. Due to fragmented reporting within a framework of newsworthiness, the context, underlying causes and issues of prevention are not discussed. This paper will study the reporting of 22 dog bite fatalities since 2003 and how reporting practices result in what can be called disinformation. It will not be argued that this disinformation is consciously done, but rather the result of concentrating on certain (newsworthy) issues – such as breed and the Dangerous Dogs Act and its implementation and shortcomings – and ignoring others – such as child and animal care. Without news reports identifying and analysing the common factors in these cases, future incidents will not be prevented and people will not know what can be done to stop them.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dog bites; news reporting, frame analysis, retrospective interpretation
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Law
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Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 09:42
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15859

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