Actual vs. Perceived threats

Tartley.com, which I’ve never heard of until now, has posted this chart (originally by Susanna Hertrich) illustrating our disconnect between actual dangers and what we fear.

Note the actual danger of a terrorist attack vs. what the media is trying to make us fear. We have a much greater chance of being injured or killed in a traffic accident, yet there’s never any public concern and the effort spent on improving traffic safety is a fraction of what we spend on ineffective security theater meant to feed our unrealistic fear of terrorists.

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