Data Commentary of Fear Mongering on Body Image
Fear is an emotion that is stimulated by danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined. Everyone is born with fear. As a child you are afraid of many things such as going down a big slide or riding a two-wheeler for the first time. These fears change and people begin to overcome the small ones in life but continue to develop more throughout their life. Fear has changed over the years and people are becoming more afraid of what is happening with our society. But why do Americans fear more now than before when Barry Glassner, a professor of society at the University of Southern California, expresses “Americans live in perhaps the safest time in human history”? This is because of all the media that is making it seem like crime rate is at its highest right now but really it is not. People are living in fear of murder and crime because of what they are hearing about or watching on television. Glassner proves this true by stating, “Between 1990 and 1998, the murder rate in the United States decreased by 20 percent. During the same period, the number of stories about murder on network newscasts increased by 600 percent”. Are Americans increasing their fear in something that is actually decreasing? Along with crime, drug use has also decreased by half in the passed decade. Even this being true adults still fear that drug abuse is one of the greatest dangers to American’s youth (Glassner). It is important for American’s to be aware of what is going on in our country but they should also be informed of the statistics that along with many others, drug abuse and crime rates have been decreasing. Glassner presents a great example, “Life expectancy in the United States has doubled during the twentieth century. We are better able to cure and control diseases than any other civilization in history. Yet we hear that phenomenal numbers of us are dreadfully ill”. Why is it...
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