television culture

read the chapter from Angela Davis’

Are Prisons Obsolete? and write a short essay in response to the following questions. You should include at least 250 words per page in your response, address all of the questions, and make connections between the main points of your paper so that your response reads as a logical, coherent essay.

Papers of 4-5 pages

Explain what the author means by saying, “punishment has to be conceptually severed from its seemingly indissoluble link with crime” (85), and identify some of the obstacles to understanding the social meaning of prison today.

Through representations of prison in “a causal relation to crime”, and “as a natural, necessary, and permanent effect”, how does Television play a role in masking the major economic and political forces of the prison industrial complex (85)?

How would you show your understanding of the “abstraction of numbers” and “the unmediated

use of statistical evidence”? Why do you think Davis argues that these “discourage the very critical thinking that ought to be elicited by an understanding of the prison industrial complex“ (92)? Back up your analysis by posing challenges to the swing toward reality and away from imagination in the reality TV show “Jailbirds“ and by comparing it to one or two scenes from The Wire.