Wrongful Conviction, Pop Culture, and Achieving Justice in the Digital Age

  • Greg StrattonEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


The pop culture success of Serial (podcast) and Making a Murderer (Netflix) have exposed a significant, receptive audience to the true crime genre of entertainment. The producers of these series embraced the transformative effective of digital technologies that have shifted the media landscape by altering audience’s consumption and engagement with content. Digital technologies have also created the opportunities for these audiences to commit to online ‘participatory practices’ supporting the claims of wrongful convictions via social media. This chapter explores how digital media converge with narratives of wrongful conviction to develop public perceptions of miscarriages of justice. By focusing on the relationships between content, audience, and perceptions of justice, a clearer understanding of how notions of justice can be discussed in contemporary popular culture is explored.


Wrongful conviction Making a Murderer Serial Innocence Public narratives Digital criminology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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