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kleinbl00  ·  2470 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cory Doctorow: The odds are stacked against us
An interesting point. One thing I think you're missing, however, is the "dingo ate my baby" angle. We fear that which we do not understand: mysterious strangers at the park, for example. How do we avoid the dangers of mysterious strangers at the park? Well, as the news will tell us, we do it by reporting all suspicious activity and keeping our kids close. How do we avoid dingoes eating our babies? We stay out of the Outback.

With cars, the way we avoid crashes is by "not driving." Which we're not going to do - and besides, when we're driving, we're in charge. We can out-drive any crash! So in the end, reporting on car crashes isn't going to have that necessary "the world will kill you in unpredictable, random ways" that drives our irrational fear.




mk  ·  2469 days ago  ·  link  ·  
I can agree with that. You are probably right that people really don't want to be afraid of their cars, they are too familiar, so they aren't inclined to be. However, the MSM could probably freak people out if they started reporting statistics about traction control and accident rates. "Are you driving an uncontrollable car?!"

We just got a baby crib that is a few years old. It's a nice sturdy crib. However, what we choose to ignore, is that since the side can go down, we will be napping our baby in a DEATH TRAP.

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/28/dangerous-drop-side...

I'm sure that in a couple of years we will find that current cribs are actually infant execution devices. Cribs are pretty mundane, but we can be taught to fear them.

kleinbl00  ·  2469 days ago  ·  link  ·  
However, the MSM could probably freak people out if they started reporting statistics about traction control and accident rates. "Are you driving an uncontrollable car?!"

And have.

http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/12/toyota-autos-hoax-media-opi...

http://jalopnik.com/5493693/america-you-brought-the-toyota-h...