Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stranger danger - media invention?

Children are in more danger from adults in the home than from any one outside - according to figures cited in eSkeptic: 13/02/2008 The article examines 'when news isn't news but scaremongering is' and how journalists are stoking public fears, by making all those "one in a million" occurrences sound as if they could be happening "in your street any time soon". Admittedly, the American media tend to hype these things more than Britain but, in the era of 24 hour TV, we are gradually heading that way.

The article title: Journalist-Bites-Reality! How broadcast journalism is flawed in such a fundamental way that its utility as a tool for informing viewers is almost nil.


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