Wednesday, August 09, 2006


Online Predators Less Common Than Advertised

Fear sells. It sells Hummers, assault rifles, home security systems, wars, weapons systems, adrugs, and it hustles up audiences. The purpose of TV programming is simply to collect an audience and then sell that audience to advertisers. Same with newspapers and magazines, anymore. That’s why we have so many stories about children meeting predators over the internet and then being exploited. It really isn’t about reflecting the truth of the story, but it’s about hooking an audience. If ABC does a program on online predators, then CBS will do one so they don’t lose any viewers. And then Bullshit Tonight will do a story, and on and on...

And then, the bubble busts and what we see is that once again, we’ve been hyped.


Children less likely to encounter online predators
Posted 8/9/2006 8:48 AM ET
By Janet Kornblum, USA TODAY
Despite the rise of social networking sites such as MySpace, a smaller percentage of young people are being sexually solicited online than five years ago.
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