In his radio debut, our manager Dr Greg Stratton featured on 3CR’s Communication Mixdown last week on Monday the 25th of February. In conversation with Patrick Stokes from Deakin University, he spoke about the use of podcasts and other long-form media to share stories of miscarriages of justice, and the ‘ethical tensions’ associated with this:
True crime podcasting has turned out to be a hugely popular type of media long-form content. But there are recurring questions about this particular strand of popular culture. Ostensibly based on a miscarriage of justice, are these podcasts merely voyeuristic, exploiting tragedy for the sake of entertainment and missing the voice of victims?
These ethical tensions are explored in the edition of Communication Mixdown with Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University, Patrick Stokes, and Dr. Gregory Stratton from the Justice and Legal Department at RMIT who manages the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative. Read More
It's no secret that Australians have a growing appetite for true crime which is seeing us lap up series like The Teacher's Pet, Trace, Unravel and Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane.
A recent survey by the ABC showed almost half of Australian podcast consumers recently listened to true crime, with the trend strongest among women.
But why are we so obsessed with these stories? And is that obsession helping us develop a deeper understanding of the justice system?
RMIT University's Michele Ruyters, who was featured in Exposed, likens our want to solve crimes to the desire to finish a difficult puzzle or crossword.
"At heart I think people really love being detectives," she says.
"There's just something about the innate human curiosity wanting to look at a problem and attempt a solution." Read More
More and more true crime podcasts are being made, but are they helping us gain deeper insights into our justice system?
Dr Diane Sivasubramaniam is an associate professor in Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology.
Dr Michele Ruyters is deputy Dean of Justice and Legal Studies and the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Social Science at RMIT University. She is also the director of the Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative.
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