CSI Uncovered

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 My BCM210 research group has decided to investigate whether reality television warps young adults perception of the real world. In order to prove this hypothesis, it is important that we analyse a diverse range of reality television shows and their underlying effects on young adults.

We landed on this hypothesis by identifying that young Australian’s are subjected to a greater variety of reality television shows in comparison to older demographics. This is due to young Australian’s ability to access a variety of media channels on their laptops, mobile phones, televisions, I Pad’s etc. This does not go to say that older demographics neglect reality television, however it is confirmed that they do not view it as regularly as young adults

Today, I will be analysing the text ‘Reality, Fantasy and Truth about CSI effects’ (Delahunty, 2010). CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) is an American made television show that portrays an unrealistic expectation of forensic science. This television show is popular among Australian’s, appearing on channel 9 of an evening.

The purpose of this journal article is to determine the effects television show CSI devours on jurors, judges, lawyers, victims, witnesses, defendants and members of the public. This article examines these effects by conducting two surveys; one based on United States viewers, and the second based on Australian viewers (Delahunty, 2010). This article identified that Australian’s who were exposed to the television show CSI uttered higher expectations that a homicide trail would include forensic evidence, due to their unrealistic expectations from the reality television show. It was concluded that there were varying effects on individuals when watching CSI. However, it wasn’t identified that these effects were solely based on this show, as there are many similar reality shows on television that depict an unrealistic expectation of forensic science.

This Youtube video compares a real life Crime Scene Investigation to the television show CSI. It also explains some of the idealistic technology CSI uses to convey forensic science.


This article established that Television shows alike CSI portray an unrealistic representation of forensic science e.g. being too glamorous, too romanticised and too stereotypical. Furthermore, this can affect young adults who are not educated from expert knowledge about forensic science, additionally leading them to unrealistic expectations.

‘Reality, Fantasy and Truth about CSI effects’ is deemed reliable, due to expertise of author. Jane Goodman-Delahunty is a professional Australian experimental psychologist and lawyer. She supports her article with primary evidence that she conducted in the United States as well as Australia and references all additional retrieved information.

Delahunty’s article was interesting to analyse. I believe that she excluded any bias views by providing additional evidence to support her statements. This article supported my BCM210 research groups claim that reality television warps young adults perception of the real world.


Goodman Delahunty, J and Verburgge H. (2010) ‘Reality, fantasy and the truth about CSI effects’ inpsych, viewed 14th April 2015 http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/fullText;dn=292333667683920;res=IELAPA


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