Framing the Dialogue

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Fear Itself

Many articles that are meant to be “sensational” really just convey facts that play on many of our mostly irrational fears or the “gut” reaction described beautifully by author Daniel Gardner in his book The Science of Fear. These articles attempt to grab your “gut” long before providing more rational data (i.e. boring stuff) to your “head” that counters that fear they hope to exploit.

I’ll try to identify the “irrational” fear and please note that some of the fears may be somewhat rational until you look at other risk factors. You’ll have to decide whether the media just wants to attract consumers or have a real political agenda. I’ll opine – you decide.

Jumpin Barack Flash…There’s No Gas Gas Gas

It seems like the price of gasoline jumps ten to twenty cents between each time I need to fill my tank.  I don’t have a particularly long commute and I am able to start work early to avoid most traffic, but between work and play I fill up twice a week.  The price of crude oil is again spiking hurtling us ever closer to four dollar a gallon gasoline.  Perhaps the bigger story is how quiet Congress and the lame-stream media are on the high prices; I should point out that not only gas prices are skyrocketing – media also fairly silent.  It’s almost as if they are trying to protect someone or like the high prices.