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Corporate Criminals Constructing White Collar Crime: A Critique of USA Network's "White Collar"

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A standard critique of media portrayals of crime is the over-emphasis on street crime compared to white collar crime, especially given the prevalence and enormous costs of white collar crime. USA network now airs a series called White Collar that is about white collar crime. This one show, compared to a vast sea of programs about street crime, does not undermine the standard critique. But media distortion of crime is so important that we also need to be aware that the crimes portrayed on White Collar are a narrow apolitical set of white collar crimes - ones that do not challenge abuses of power by corporations or government, what Quinney calls crimes of domination. Plots on White Collar are not "ripped from the headlines" like Law and Order, and this paper highlights what is missing. While some may argue that such plotlines would not be interesting, this paper argues that the absence of crimes of domination is more directly linked to USA's ownership by NBC Universal, which is owned by GE - a frequent and prolific corporate offender over the course of decades (no 3 strikes and you're out for the powerful).
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Leighton, Paul. "Corporate Criminals Constructing White Collar Crime: A Critique of USA Network's "White Collar"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Nov 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p514469_index.html>

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Leighton, P. , 2011-11-15 "Corporate Criminals Constructing White Collar Crime: A Critique of USA Network's "White Collar"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p514469_index.html

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Abstract: A standard critique of media portrayals of crime is the over-emphasis on street crime compared to white collar crime, especially given the prevalence and enormous costs of white collar crime. USA network now airs a series called White Collar that is about white collar crime. This one show, compared to a vast sea of programs about street crime, does not undermine the standard critique. But media distortion of crime is so important that we also need to be aware that the crimes portrayed on White Collar are a narrow apolitical set of white collar crimes - ones that do not challenge abuses of power by corporations or government, what Quinney calls crimes of domination. Plots on White Collar are not "ripped from the headlines" like Law and Order, and this paper highlights what is missing. While some may argue that such plotlines would not be interesting, this paper argues that the absence of crimes of domination is more directly linked to USA's ownership by NBC Universal, which is owned by GE - a frequent and prolific corporate offender over the course of decades (no 3 strikes and you're out for the powerful).


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