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Calling All CarsRadio Dragnets and the Technology of Policing$
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Kathleen Battles

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816649136

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.001.0001

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The Shadow of Doubt and the Menace of Surveillance

The Shadow of Doubt and the Menace of Surveillance

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(p.187) Chapter 5 The Shadow of Doubt and the Menace of Surveillance
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Calling All Cars
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Kathleen Battles

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816649136.003.0006

This chapter deals with the different challenges faced by the pro-police philosophy of radio crime docudramas. These programs sometimes counteract the model they are constructing; for instance, questioning a police procedure, or generating sympathy and moral ambiguity for the criminal. Another issue is the emergence of a loyal following of pulp fiction-inspired dramas, such as The Green Hornet and The Shadow. These issues have raised doubts about the police and their role as professional authorities in crime and policing. However, as the increasing police power was met with opposition, so did the discourse of the radio crime dramas, which inadvertently helped strengthen the position of the police as professional experts.

Keywords:   radio crime docudramas, police procedure, moral ambiguity, pulp fiction, The Green Hornet, The Shadow, policing

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