Comment 43905

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted July 23, 2010 at 10:36:16

I've long wondered about how 'crime stats' compare per capita between today and, say, 55 years ago.

Just how much more 'dangerous' is the average person's life?

What are the differences between how safe Life was back then and how safe it is now, remembering to factor in scale?

"The inevitable result of a sustained daily exposure to the news is a pervasive selection bias that gives disproportionate attention to extraordinary events over commonplace events and creates a perception that such events are more common than they really are. Regular consumers of the news are thereby inclined to believe that their community is more dangerous than it really is."

For me, this excellent editorial leads to a discussion not just about how safe we are, but just how 'aware' we are, and how much of our independence and individuality we've effectively surrendered by throwing our lots in with the modern consuming culture. (Media is, after all, an item of consumption, no matter how some would wish to label it as 'communication'.)

Rob Riemen's 'Nobility of Spirit': read it. Can't recommend it enough, especially after digesting this offering from Editor Ryan.

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