Check your stats

We all know statistics can be used to manipulate a conversation and support nearly any point of view, so it is always best to go to the source and consider how the data behind the statistics was collected and analyzed.

In our current societal discussions regarding gun control and violent crime, a popular topic with me right now, what sources do we trust? Do we trust the politicians who have something to gain by presenting certain data, or the media who have something to gain by presenting sensationalized data, or the agencies who actually collect the data? What sources do we look to for information, and what sources can we trust?

I don’t know anything about Amidst the Noise, aside from what I’ve seen in a video entitled “Choose your own crime stats.” In the video a man presents some possible conflicts between what is commonly reported by the media and what is recorded in the FBI uniform crime reports. We can believe that he is just selling an agenda the same as the major news networks and politicians are, but at least he cites references of what I assume are legitimate sources.

I think it is always good to hear both sides of an argument before taking sides. If you are so inclined, click the link and watch the video about crime statistics.

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About paulbrodie

I am a writer and a musician. My education is in psychology with emphasis in industrial/organizational psychology. My work experience has been primarily with electronic document management. Academically and intellectually I am interested in criminology and sociology. I am married to my favorite person in the world and we have one daughter.
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One Response to Check your stats

  1. Pingback: Lies and Statistics Meet Gun Control | Paul Brodie

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