Thursday, June 13, 2013

Is Our Fear Of Violent Crime Legitimate?

The Pacific Standard had a great question in a piece titled: Violent Crime Is Dropping: Why Are We So Scared?
One criminologist and professor of sociology, Dr. Mark Warr at the University of Texas, has said that, every time a new report on national crime is released, his phone rings off the hook, with reporters asking him to comment on “rising crime,” even though that’s not what the reports actually show.

Via The Pacific Standard
The piece quotes several criminologists who make a connection between these mistaken perceptions and media coverage of violence.

So why do we want to believe violent crime is worse than it really is?

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