I think that we should not criticize ourselves too much at this point in time, because after all, we have been confronted with this danger only for a couple of months, whereas in some countries, there have been years, even decades, of experience in coping with these sorts of dangers. The theory behind the causes of misguided fears and how to address them could have been more systematically developed. I couldn't even get through this book. I appreciated Glassner's research and insight for clearly bringing these perspectives out. The resignation came a little more than a year after some tense times on campus. Why panic that your child will be molested by some anonymous internet perv when most children already know their abusers? For one, some can lead to very real harm, as when fake medical panics, like the very stupid anti-vax movement, lead to real world sickness 175.
He's also a professor of law. While billions of taxpayer money was spent increasing law enforcement and prison space to catch and punish illegal drug users, no one paid attention to the real problem we should have feared. After reading this book, my guess is that we are not supposed to be afraid of anything at all; everything from road-rage killings to pedophile neighbors is just a scare tactic created and perpetuated by the media so we'll support and maybe even ask for authoritative, big-brother-is-watching policies that will make us feel secure in this actually very safe and happy world. Right away I found a splendidly shrieking example right on their front page: Please note that that screen capture is of the entire first screen, from side to side, eating up every pixel of that extremely valuable real estate. Should we be researching further into this phenomenon? I love the premise of this book: Taking popular media scare tactics and debunking them with facts, both statistical and otherwise. It was recommended on Michael Moore's website a while back.
As a result, Glassner is convincing when he points out that fear is a powerful force, oversold by our culture to point us at the wrong problems. Glassner went on to issue a second edition in 2009, which showed these fake fears persisting and getting worse. Drunk driving fatalities for 2016 were just over 10,000, down about 33% in the last three decades. Some of the fears he addresses are outdated now, like pre-9-11 panics over air safety. But it's hard to talk about poverty and make people care. What are the wrong things we feared in the long Review title: Fear of flying Glassner wrote this timely book nearly 20 years ago, and the decades since have proven that rather than correcting our fear of flying the act of transport by airplane, not the book of that name which is about.
It seems to me that a good rule of thumb during the current period is to take some time between initial warnings or reports of dangers and see if they actually pan out, rather than repeating them to friends, coworkers and family, and increasing their anxiety and our own anxiety as a result. I would have never, ever picked this up as my own volition. Now, tell me - how many news stories did you read about single fathers raising monster children? Glassner is preaching to the choir here of course and he does write very well. I have laughed at myself at this weakness, but I think we all have it. However the refrain is essentially the same - it's the media's job to hype stuff up, quote random statistics and generally put the fear of god into us all for the sake of a good story. The renaissance in tv storytelling has cast the entire television enterprise in a better light, I think. If Glassner is right about the negative impacts of such fear - the misdirection of resources, the creation of bad policy, the encouragement of mean world syndrome, the furtherance of racism - the promulgation of real damage - then educators need to take steps to instill a critical stance among students that dismantles the structures of stupid fears.
Is fear the mind-killer or what? Crack and teen mothers are characterized as the cause of inner city problems, not wealth disparity and de facto segregation of our inner cities. In his research, Barry Glassner found that no amount of debunking can wipeout a fear — no matter how unrealistic — as long as someone can find a way to profit from it. But the statistics are obviously misused here; there are millions of kids in school every day, there are only 10s of thousands of soldiers in combat zones in any given day. This book really opened my eyes to the manipulations of the media, and the politicians. Throughout Culture of Fear the author reminds us how many of these narratives turn on scary black men threatening good white people, usually women.
On the other hand, they want to avoid unnecessary panic or changes in our ways of life. What are the wrong things we feared in the long ago time of the 20th century? He talked about the changes since the first editon in 1999. It's not about Trump or wars or opioid deaths. I always assume the media is manipulating me but I didn't realize how much fear sells. The headline might as well refer to the real reason for the mailer: the advertisement for a local business, which appears on the other side of the postcard.
Glassner's book has a provocative title, and it's filled with well-researched numbers and a clear view of reality. In regards to the latter, I am in agreement with Glassner but still found it disconcerting to see fingers pointed at guns, government, and other metaphorical boogey-men, when he is supposed to be dismantling the fear, if you will, not advocating his political agenda. Plenty of statistics to back up his points and 46 pages of notes. Even funnier is that the exact same effect of being born of a crack using mother - the lack of education, the lack of employment and suchforth - could probably also be attributed to living in poverty, which is where most crack addicts come from. This can lead to deranged politics, as when Trump builds a presidency on largely fantastical fears of immigrants committing crimes.
However, the execution of this premise was lacking and the political bias was obvious. Instead, it's because I finished reading 's This review is about fear. These types of books never appeal to me. I always find it a little comical when authors critique studies on the one hand only to quote another that supports their case on the other and that is sometimes apparent here. The Culture of Fear truly and aggressively insinuates that America is trapped in a culture that feeds off fear mongering by corporations, public officials, experts and mostly media personnel. He takes a sociologist's view of the causes and methods of misguided fear, using logic and statistics to battle bad logic and misused statistics. Barry wrote this book in 1999, so it a whole different social landscape of fear than we have now.