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The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassner
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Feb 24, 10

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Read in July, 2008

Glassner discusses the cultur of fear which is prevalent in the news media today and shows how various topics are continually presented, not for their accuracy but for their sensationalism. The problem with this is many of the stories, such as airline accidents, or middle-age heroin addicts that the media reports on are false. Scientific and statistical studies have found that on these topics the media is overplaying the anomalies. I appreciated Glassner's research and insight for clearly bringing these perspectives out. Through reading I realized Glassner does have his own political agenda but overall he is interested in making changes that improve society and focus on things that actually make a difference and not these topics which the media continually resurrects in order to generate sensationalism and fear.
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