Friday, November 22, 2013

Media and Fear

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“The media actually pays very little attention to crime. It is crimes they cannot get enough of.” 

Again, we are greatly influenced by media--news or entertainment. We believe that violence crimes like murders and rapes occur everyday. Why? This is because violence crimes sell better than minor boring crime. We tend to be very careful about these crimes which is a good thing. The problem is being vigilant of these crimes makes us less careful about minor crimes like having a fight due to road rage.
Our fear is partly because of media consumption. But as we grew more fearful, we’d like to consume more media as a precaution. As we consume more media, we are poisoned more with overstated violence crimes. And, we tend to fear more. This is a vicious cycle which makes us fear unlikely dangers and ignore likely ones.

“But social science can be tricky stuff. The simple fact that people who read and watch more tend to fear more does not prove that reading and watching cause fear. It could be that being fearful causes people to read and watch more.” 

So Much Crime in Media

“These number may not make a difference, because statistics do not sway gut, and gut often have the final words in people’s judgements.”
We are living in a world, a country, or a city which have too many people. So, the media has virtually unlimited supply of rare tragedies, while it has only 7 days to fill the news. It is very easy to fill every week with a few murders. Seeing these murders in the news makes people think that the likelihood of getting murdered is higher than the chance of dying due to diabetes. It is dangerous because it make people unnecessarily fear rare dangers and pay less attention of more likely dangers.
“Anecdotes aren’t data, as scientists say, no matter how moving they may be or how they pile up.”
The problem is we are more sensitive to narrative and vividness. So, we tend to ignore the facts and focus on what the media present to us.

Poor Young Black Men or Senior Citizen

  Usually, we would see the former as  perpetrators and the latter as victims. Actually, it’s the opposite. According to the U.S. official crime statistics, the most common victims are poor young black men. This is counter-intuitive. And, the main reason is that we often see these young black men, in news or in movies, as criminal, when , in fact, they are more likely to be victims.
“But, generally, non-violent crimes loses to violent, and less bloody violence loses to more bloody. Hence, in the media, murder is king.”

SOURCEThe Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain 

Book or Audiobooks?

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However, when the material is an audiobook, it is extremely hard to locate a specific part of content. Most likely you will have to listen to the entire audiobook once again.

This book summary will help solve the pain of having to go through the book all over again.

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