Contents Full Article Content List Abstract Introduction How Media Affects Attitudes Media and Law Enforcement Public Perception of and Support for Torture Linking Public Opinion and Policy Experimental Design Participants Results Discussion Future Directions Policy Implications Acknowledgements Notes References Did you struggle to get access to this article? This product could help you Lean Library Figures & Tables Article Metrics Related Articles Cite Share Request Permissions Explore More Download PDF Open EPUB “If Torture Is Wrong, What About 24?” Torture and the Hollywood Effect
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Crime & Delinquency
Since 9/11, entertainment media has focused on depictions of terrorism and counterterrorism. How do dramatic depictions of counterterrorism practices—specifically torture—affect public opinion and policy? Using a mixed within-subjects and between-subjects experimental design, we examine how framing affects support for torture. Participants (n = 150) were randomly assigned to a condition for dramatic depictions showing torture as (a) effective, (b) ineffective, or (c) not present (control). Participants who saw torture as effective increased their stated support for it. Participants who saw torture—regardless of whether or not it was effective—were more likely to sign a petition on torture. We discuss the policy implications of our findings on how framing affects opinion and action regarding torture.
Kearns, E.M. & Young, J.K. (2017, November 28). If torture is wrong, what about 24? Torture and the Hollywood effect. Crime & Delinquency, 64(12), 1568-1589. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128717738230