The author is trying to convince the readers about the tendency of American media to portray incidents that are depressing in nature and are therefore the cause of fear among the public. Media spends considerable time on the coverage of events that arouse feelings of fear among the public and for this reason the American public lives in a stage of panic, throughout their lives. Moreover, certain special trends are prevalent in the coverage of such incidents, which are contributory towards the segregation of society into races, religion and economic classes etc. The overall coverage of these events appears to be a part of a great plan to keep the masses terrorized and segregated. Perhaps this is done to sell the news and earn reputation in the media industry; an aspect that should be kept in mind while trying to understand the cause of spreading fears.
The author backs his opinion by providing a variety of examples from his personal observations. Although the evidence provided by author is largely anecdotal in nature, the work resonates with the understanding of public since it provides a translation to their unexplained feelings. At various points in the text, Glassner has provided numerical statistics that strengthen his arguments. For example, he informs the readers that only 4% of media coverage goes towards children’s economic and health relates issues whereas the coverage of childhood crime and violence gets nearly forty percent of the coverage time (Glassner p.70). This provides a window through which readers can get a glimpse of the realities that are in fact contributing towards the fears that prevail widely among the general public.
I agree with the idea that media plays a major role in spreading fear among the public. Every now and then, an issue in the form of threat is brought forward to make the public accept that they are at risk. Instead of portraying a realistic picture before the public, the new