UK Knife Crime – Influenced by the Media ?

The media has been whipped into a frenzy of late regarding the apparent rise in knife crime in the UK , the capital London is particularly afflicted , incidentally the place where ‘Jihadi John’ was raised .

There could be a wide variety of sociopolitical reasons for the reported rise in knife crime , ranging from police cut backs to a general decline in moral behavior or even poverty . Many incidents involving knife crime have been attributed to street robberies and muggings , some may carry a knife for criminal purposes , others will then react for defensive purposes .

What is rarely discussed is the influence of the media reporting the violent undercurrent of global warfare , particularly the War on Terror . Has a new generation become desensitized to violence ? Alongside existing generations to boot .

The War on Terror brought us a seemingly endless supply of blade waving Jihadis , all splashed across the internet and other forms of media , to some they may project an image of the ultimate ‘gang’ .

All media is easily accessible to the younger generation , the videos of which have more than likely been shared on school playgrounds a countless number of times . Smartphones and hand held devices beam atrocities across the globe at the flick of a switch , everyone is a now a potential reporter with a potentially global audience . Censorship is still in place , particularly mainstream censorship , to a large extent the public are only exposed to what the controllers would like the public to see .

Coupled with the general rise in tension and terror which is useful to the controllers for propaganda purposes and to herd the masses towards a required ‘militarized’ mindset .

Does a barrage of violent and warlike images and video influence a person’s behavior ? Most will answer with a resounding ‘no’ , but then most people will not understand the power of subliminal messaging or advertising .

Could this generalized projection of fear plant a seed which could possibly lead to a particular subconsciously defensive and potentially violent mindset amongst the more impressionable members of society ? At the very least is it a factor ?

When the controllers of a society propagate and display an aggressive and war like character is this transferred to a general population , in subtle psychological terms of course .

Does carrying a knife represent a reactive defence mechanism against an unknown and intangible fear such as terrorism ?

Or are there other less obvious factors at play ?

Does violence beget violence ?

Perhaps we will see a lot more ‘Jihadi Johns’ in the future , also Jihadi Jims , Jihadi James , Jihadi Janes , Jihadi…………


Further reading :

  1. Factors Influencing the Impact of Aggressive and Violent Media on Children and Adolescents (PDF)
  2. Impact of Media Violence on Children’s Aggressive Behaviour
  3. Media Violence May Affect Children’s Minds
  4. The Psychological Effects of Violent Media on Children
  5. Media influences on children and adolescents: violence and sex
  6. Brain, Behavior, and Media Is media influencing your brain and your behavior through psychology?
  7. Media Effects on Children’s Social and Moral Development
  8. Impact of media use on children and youth
  9. TV Violence — a Cause of Child Anxiety and Aggressive Behavior?
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