Media stereotyping?

AK comments on the Disarming Britain trailer:

Why do you have to ’shoot’ another trailer on a council estate where I live to portray gun and knife crime ??? It does not just happen here (very rarely and I’ve lived here for 20 years) – but it happens EVERYWHERE… This topic does need to be discussed – and urgently – but please check in your media stereotyping at the door

Gonzo makes a related point:

…the myth will always persist that the US is some criminal hell-hole – pure nonsense fuelled by the sensationalist media. Which is exactly what we’re seeing here – C4 dancing on the graves of the tragic victims of Britain’s crime problem in order to sell adspace.

The response to the Disarming Britain trailer has been overwhelmingly positive but these comments indicate that there is some suspicion about what we’re trying to achieve here. Which is fair enough.

So just to be clear, what we’re trying to do here on this blog and on Bebo, MySpace and Facebook (see the links on the right) is provide a space for YOUR voices to be heard. Shining a media spotlight on gun and knife crime seems like a worthwhile thing to do.

But we’re also convinced that young people who are directly affected by these issues can do it better. Check out our featured videos page for examples. We’d love to see more – and we welcome all of your comments, whether pro or anti this project.

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