Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Freakonomic Look at Safety

Interesting blog today at the NYTimes site by the Freakonomics guy who turns his attention to perceived risk and accidents. What people know is often so screwed up by perception, in this case a single rail accident that gets so much attention compared to the huge number of small car accidents that do not, thus making people think rail might be more dangerous than it really is.

Nothing new here, if you've read the risk perception research, and yet interesting nonetheless.

1 comment:

Concerned Citizen said...

Speaks to the need for today's media to focus on news and facts, vice sensational stories.