CMN 3105: Lecture #9 Oct 29 2013
Somehow violence is never getting better
Class example: columbine High school Colorado 1999
Gardner uses either quantitative data or philosophical ethical foundations or both which is the most
powerful to back up his argument.
Crime rates in Canada have decreased in the past ten years
“tough on crime” politics
intuition is often wrong
the cases presented about child abductions or kidnappings are NOT statistically significant.
Analytical statistics ruin the heightened moment.
The emotions of the families fear is what is being sold to the audience.
Stories of fallen crime rates are not interesting they must have sensationalistic values.
Popular media also reinforces this image of "danger lurking all around us."
The rarest crimes get the most attention
With the media misrepresenting the reality of crime, the general public's reality is skewed.
The reporting on the news is not even murders or reports of pedestri