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Media Sparks Fear, Consumerism Skyrockets

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jackie sprague

on 9 June 2014

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Transcript of Media Sparks Fear, Consumerism Skyrockets

38% Believe In Rising Crime Rates
Blames Consumerism for Violence Amongst Kids
Americans used to be 'citizens.' Now we are 'consumers.'
- Vicki Robin
Panic In The Streets
Marilyn Manson Speaks Out
Expectations Don't Meet Reality
"...And it's just this campaign of fear and consumption, and that's what I think it's all based on, the whole idea of "keep everyone afraid and they'll consume"."

Research has shown that those who fear crime the most, are the least likely to suffer from crime. The easiest way to reduce fear of crime is not to cut crime itself, but to convince people that bad things are unlikely to happen to them.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
America: A Culture of Fear
Is The Media to Blame?
If you turn on the 5 o'clock news, you'll see and hear about murderers, robbers, rapists, wars, or new vaccines that you must get or you'll die. If you watch commercials we are told that if our teeth aren't white, if our skin is not perfect or youthful, if we are not skinny enough, if our car, home or phone don't look a certain way we are unsuccessful. Everyday we are bombarded with advertisements urging us to buy more and more products that we don't need. We are taught to fear and doubt ourselves, to hate our bodies, to distrust our instincts and to depend upon corporations. We as a society are taught to fit in, no exceptions. Without making you feel inadequate, the marketing and advertising industry wouldn't work. it is a result of this fear and doubt that we have now undergone countless examples of a deranged person committing terrorism by shooting random civilians in a school, university, or movie theatres.
Media Sparks Fear, Consumerism Skyrockets
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