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Application Exercise:

For this exercise, we'd like to put you in the role of a student to see how some of these strategies might be assigned and completed. As the student, you have just been emailed the following reading as a Word document from your professor.

Read the passage and complete the activities that follow.

Drug violence, like almost every other category of violence, is not an equal opportunity danger. It principally afflicts young people from poor minority communities, and above all, young black men. But reporters and politicos never seem to lack for opportunities to perpetuate the myth of indiscriminate victimization. "Random Killing High-All Have 'Realistic' Chance of Being Victim, Says FBI" read the headline in USA Today's story in 1994 about a government report that received a big play that year. Had the academics and elected officials who supplied reporters with brooding comments about the report looked more closely at its contents, however, they would have learned that it was misleading. As Richard Moran, a sociology professor at Mount Holyoke College, subsequently pointed out in a commentary on National Public Radio, the FBI report made random killings seem more prevalent than they are by lumping together two distinct categories of murders: those that remained unsolved, and those committed by strangers. Many an unsolved murder later turns out to have been committed by a relative or other acquaintance of the victim (p. 111).

Passage From Glassner, B. (2000). The culture of fear: Why Americans are afraid of the wrong things. New York: Basic Books.