The Culture of Fear Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things | Edition: 1
Author: Barry Glassner
publisher: Basic Books
publisher Date: 03/28/2000
Schools: University at Albany (SUNY)
Description: The Culture of Fear has truly hit a nerve in the national consciousness. Sociologist Barry Glassner examines how fear is provoked in the public and the consequences of living in an environment where realism has become rarer than doors without deadbolts. He exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fear: politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime and drug use even as both are declining; advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases; TV and news magazines that monger a new scare every week to garner ratings and newsstand sales.