The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
There has never been another era in modern history, even during wartime or the Great Depression, when so many people have feared so much. Three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. The Culture of Fear describes the high costs of living in a... show more
There has never been another era in modern history, even during wartime or the Great Depression, when so many people have feared so much. Three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today then they did twenty years ago. The Culture of Fear describes the high costs of living in a fear-ridden environment where realism has become rarer than doors without deadbolts.Why do we have so many fears these days? Are we living in exceptionally dangerous times? To watch the news, you’d certainly think so, but Glassner demonstrates that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. The Culture of Fear is an expose of the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears: politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime and drug use even as rates for both are declining; advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases; TV newsmagazines that monger a new scare every week to garner ratings.Glassner spells out the prices we pay for social panics: the huge sums of money that go to waste on unnecessary programs and products as well as time and energy spent worrying about our fears.
Publish date: March 16th 2000
Publisher: Basic Books
Pages no: 210
Edition language: English
I couldn't even get through this book. The information was poorly organized and it just wasn't very good reading. It was recommended on Michael Moore's website a while back. The premise of the book sounded interesting to me and Michael Moore's heart is in the right place, but the book is just utte...
This was interesting and made some good points. Some sections I took a bit personally, but that is because of my own experiences in life.
This book is a little out of date, since it was written before the 9/11 tragedies. Now we REALLY have a culture of fear! There are some very compelling discussions in this book about the way the general population is manipulated by the media and the government into being fearful of the wrong things...