This is interesting from Machado / Costa
Dilemas da super-ciência: representações da genética forense na imprensa em Portugal
It's about the CSI effect and how it's exploited in the tabloid media. There are some choice passages about the Joana case.
ETA: I thought I'd found it in English, but it wasn't the same one.
Actually the Google is quite good
In both cases analyzed, the most common was observed at different times of the two variants
called "CSI effect", implied in media discourses. The rhetoric of "strong charge", which celebrates
contribution and the importance of forensic genetics to solve crimes, and may take forms
reverential (Costa et al, 2002: 205) is also monitored, in case "Maddie" implicit references for
the need for expansion of this kind of technology
By setting up new application possibilities of
Genetic criminal investigation, by creating a database of DNA profiles (as in the United
Kingdom occurred in 1995 and Portugal in 2008 alone). The discourse of "weak charge", conversely,
exposes their uncertainties and contingencies.
However, both cases came, in a way, exposed to the public some of the dilemmas and contingencies
forensic genetics, to the extent that rapid and efficient solution promises cases style "CSI"
They fall short in the confrontation with reality. The media representations of forensic genetics in these
cases are framed in the form of dramatic narratives that could become episodes of "CSI."
Thus, science is seen as the (only) solution promise of crimes, as it grows the
dramatic tension, as a result of media speculation and lack of conventional explanations for the
The outcome of the case "Joan" with the conviction of the suspects, and the anticipated filing of the case
"Maddie," does not cease to remember that children have not been found and his fate remains very
probably unknown. Given the promises and uncertainties surrounding the forensic uses of biology
molecular, support or denial of citizens about the expansion of genetic databases for
forensic uses is likely to be anchored in media representations of forensics in real cases, and
not only in their fictional idealizations. The analysis of cases "Joan" and "Maddie" comes up
following questions: Would such cases, the media coverage and social alarm they raise, are likely to
justify expanding the expansion in Portugal, more and more intrusive forms of surveillance, which
pass particular the extension of video surveillance and expansion of inclusion criteria and
Retention DNA profiles in databases for forensic intentions (Machado et al., 2008), sustained
in belief in the unlimited potential of science and technology? Or do these cases come for short
in the public eye the contingent and limited nature of forensic science, making them more citizens
skeptical before the security on offer privacy change? https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?sl=pt&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aps.pt%2Fvicongresso%2Fpdfs%2F700.pdf&edit-text=