Much ado about A Lot

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"Because of that omission, readers perhaps unaware of the range of incidents that can be squeezed to fit under the definitions of these terms, might well have s upposed that the alarmingly high numbers referred to the narrow definitions that apply only to the most serious incidents."

Chapters 2 and 3 stuck out to me the most.  Both chapters talk about important mistakes that happen with all kinds of news stories.  We have a tendency to make a huge deal out of something so small.  Even in an everyday conversation we over exagerate, sometimes to a point where its almost fake.  Chapter 3 concerns us with the idea that more rapes, kidnappings, and abuse happen that we think, however the numbers are off.  This also refers back to the idea from our class speaker the other day.  He talked about how statistics can say whatever we want them to.  There were many different surveys all showing different numbers so how do we really know what to belive?  There is no TRUE proof of what is really going on in the world today.  I could do my own personal survey and come up with a statistic of say 5 out of every 20 college students are raped before they gradudate, and technically it would be correct for my survey, but how does that give us a large nation-wide statistic? It doesn't and thats were news articles go wrong.  Everything can change and starts making no sense at all b/c it just carried away sometimes.

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Jackie Johns said:

Indeed, this is a very pressing topic both inside and outside the world of journalism. Because so many articles, and thus so many readers, rely upon the data given in these reports, personal opinions and personal interpretations of the world can be drastically altered by data - data that may be grossly inaccurate.

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