Thursday, October 29, 2009

Watching cop shows distorts our view of the world

People who watch a lot of cop or lawyer shows estimate the real world murder rate as being two and a half times higher than non-viewers estimate. Theu also overestimate the percent of the workforce who are cops and lawyers (it's actually about 1% each, but people who watch cop shows estimated 18% and 16%). They also misunderstand other things about the justice system.

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