Summary Of The Culture Of Fear By Barry Glassner

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Which school has been targeted today? Should I help my child put on a bulletproof vest? Almost every day when we turn on the TV, there is a new about shooting. We are glued to the TV screen, feeling living the extremely dangerous era. However, Barry Glassner, sociologist, claims that our sense of fear has been exaggerated intentionally, and we have remained enormously fearful for questionable dangers. Glassner’s book The Culture of Fear discloses that journalists, politicians and organizations handle our sense of fear to grab our attention and profit from our anxiety, giving actual cases. Glassner showcases crimes in the news that hid facts behind fictional things, that employed temporary crimes to avoid reporting existent crimes, and that…show more content…
One of the examples is a working violence. The journalists terrify employees to show a scary statistic of workplace homicides: 2.2 million workers are murdered every year (Glassner, 27). However, most of them are employees at hazardous workplaces, like police officer, security guards, and taxi drivers. Why did journalists frequently pick up the workplace violence? “Perhaps,” Glassner answers, “because workplace violence is a way of talking about the precariousness of employment without directly confronting what primarily put workers at risk– the endless wave of corporate layoffs that began in the early 1980s” (Glassner, 28). The topic of the corporate layoffs is a bit touchy subject with a lot of companies. Many journalists, employees, have to comply with their companies’ order to avoid being a victim of the layoffs. Thus, journalists tend to report vise-verses crimes for them and their…show more content…
While Glassner suggests that Americans should have a fear of murderers, the parents have a fear of becoming victims of real hazards lurking in the daily life. Especially, parents are likely to try to omit all of the risks to their children, even though the risks are rare. The parents contribute to reduce crimes, educating dangers from the news media. In contrast, Glassner tends to focus on criminals to analyze the motives the cases happened, ignoring miner details. It seems that the scholars and the parents are not on the same page. As Glassner points out, we the parents would have to have a wider lens to see the problems facing the United States, but we know it tends to take a lot of time until the government, politicians, or professionals take steps to the problems. We can’t wait in line to cast our votes, just praying that our children don’t become victims. It doesn’t seem the only reason for our fears that the news media set off great unrest among the people. While thinking the problems that Glassner suggests, we will continue to supervise trick-or-treating. Glassner might not suppress a wry smile at our efforts, but someday we might help our children put on a bulletproof vest if the debate about gun control has been complicated

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