Culture of Fear

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The Culture of Fear
In "The Culture of Fear" by Barry Glassner, he describes how it is our perception that dangers have increased more than they actually are. Glassner states about the prices we have to pay for our panics, as well as the time and energy we spend worrying about the dangers. He also explains all throughout this book how organizations and people use the populations fears as a way to make more money. The Americans are afraid of everything because the media's broadcasting of crime, drugs, violence and diseases.

Road Range is a good example that Glassner uses in his book, "The Culture of Fear", because the media hypes it up more than necessary. According to Oprah Winfrey's talk show they reveal to the population that can drive that road rage could happen at any moment and to be looking over your shoulder all the time. As well as making road rage more hyped then it needs to be it also puts fear into peoples minds that usually all road ragers use guns to injure or kill their victims. Glassner challenges that by saying that out of approximately 250,000 people injured or killed on roadways in the years 1990-1997, the AAA, also known as the American Automobile Association, attributed to 218 deaths, better said as less than one in thousand that were directly to angry drivers. Glassner says "Big percentages so not necessarily have big numbers behind them." An example of that is "The dramatic "up more than 50%" statistic in the AAA study derived from the difference between two relatively modest figures: the number of traffic incidents that involved major violence in 1990 (1,129) compared to 1996 (1,800)." Only 671 incidents increased within all fifty state in seven years is not that big of a number (Glassner 5).

Metaphoric Illness also contributes to our fears. One huge issue of the 1990's was GWS, Gulf War Syndrome. The media used sick veterans and their children to show us what effect GWS has on its victims (Glassner 156). "The New England...
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