Researchers have found out a compelling reason—Internet crimes exist because those who take part in it think that ‘everybody’ is doing it, hence there is nothing wrong or illegal about it. This essay analyzes these two news stories within the context of three major sociological perspectives—conflict theory, labeling theory, and structural-functionalism. It is the contention of this paper that crimes and deviant behavior become increasingly prevalent because of societal attitude toward it and absence of control policies.
Richard Perez-Pena of The New York Times wrote an article about the current status of alcohol and drug use in campuses. His article entitled College Focus on Alcohol and Drugs as Serious Crime Dips. The main message of the author is that colleges have stepped up in their efforts against substance abuse even though the prevalence of major crimes on campuses has declined. Current figures revealed a significant total drop in major crimes on campuses, yet experts warned that although there had been considerable decline, the numbers must not be considered superficially. A great deal of the drop, according to them, arose from newly developed rules from the Education Department concerning the process of identifying the most widespread of the major crimes, that is, theft. The truth is, according to statistics, the prevalence of drug abuse and bullying has not significantly changed since the 1990s.
The author reports in his article that the prevalence of major crimes on campuses has been continuously decreasing. Rigid control policies on campuses are already in place, which, according to the article, are the main reason for the decline in the rate of serious crimes on campuses. However, the problem lies with the assessment of the data; there should be a thorough analysis of the current figures in order to reveal the