Paging Dr. Steve Macek!

A few days ago, I posted commentary on the recent list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. I couldn’t resist coming back to it and making one final comment on something I let go the first time:

If the fear-mongering abuse of data isn’t bad enough, also writes, “These neighborhoods are the epicenters of violence in America, where social issues are likely to ignite into violence and spread.” What a bizarre statement. Apparently the folks at think that violence emerges from “social issues” and, in these neighborhoods, is “likely to spread.” They make domestic violence and targeted gang- and drug-related violent crime sound like a riot or rebellion–you never know when one will ignite and spread, so you’d better stay away. How completely irresponsible of the authors.

What we could use here is a 2nd edition of Steve Macek’s very good book, Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right, and the Moral Panic over the City. I think we need an update that treats the various ways in which the new media shapes moral panic over the city.

Paging Dr. Macek!

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