Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream #2020

Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream By Sasha Abramsky Jumping at Shadows The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger s front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that he shoots her dead Why do we fear infrequent act
  • Title: Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream
  • Author: Sasha Abramsky
  • ISBN: 9781568585192
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream By Sasha Abramsky Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger s front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that he shoots her dead Why do we fear infrequent acts of terrorism far common acts of violence Why does a disease like Ebola, which killed only a handful of Americans, provoke panic, whereas the flu which kills tenWhy is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger s front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that he shoots her dead Why do we fear infrequent acts of terrorism far common acts of violence Why does a disease like Ebola, which killed only a handful of Americans, provoke panic, whereas the flu which kills tens of thousands each year is dismissed with a yawn Jumping at Shadows is Sasha Abramsky s searing account of America s most dangerous epidemic irrational fear Taking readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where everything from immigration to disease, gun control to health care has become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists, he delivers an eye popping analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats What emerges is a shocking portrait of a political and cultural landscape that is, increasingly, defined by our worst fears and rampant anxieties.Ultimately, Abramsky shows that how we calculate risk and deal with fear can teach us a great deal about ourselves, exposing deeply ingrained strains of racism, classism, and xenophobia within our culture, as well as our growing susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues.
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    1. Sasha Abramsky

      Sasha Abramsky studied politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University He is now a freelance journalist and senior fellow at Demos who reports on political personalities and cultural trends His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Guardian, and Mother Jones, among other publications He lives in Sacramento, California.

    739 thoughts on “Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream”

    1. Although this supposedly looks at how we incorrectly calculate relative risk in our daily lives, the first chapter was a condemnation of Donald Trump as a demagogue and of his supporters as overly reactive to America s current cultural and political situation The author then moved on to how the media prompts us to be psychologically predisposed to fear the other While he makes many valid points over the course of the book, especially, in my opinion, about parenting in modern America, I felt the [...]


    2. Obviously a very timely book Although fear is always timely It s funny how the zeitgeist always seems to be captured by media Can a zeitgeist even act independently of media these days A question for another day For the most part, this was a really interesting and depressing read Fear has made a lot of Americans ape shit crazy And of course, that sensationalist media is to blame I wonder though if anyone would pay attention if the media, in a perfect world, was sober Like, if there was a story d [...]


    3. Good points I don t disagree, but not rigorous and less scientific than I expected Many times, the narrative seemed to stray into purely partisan storytelling It was a partisan political rant with a couple nonpolitical anecdotes No historical comparisons with other periods overridden with fear No projections of where our fear culture will take us No possible remedies to fear were presented I feel like I didn t learn anything, and I felt like the author was lazy in his research.



    4. Mr Abamsky, as so others have also noted, observes how much post 9 11 America is awash with things to be afraid of terrorists, immigrants, jihadists, etc.The book is useful in documenting how so much of this fear is both based upon relatively few instances and, upon ignoring the real causes of fear represented by nut jobs in this country possessing far too many firearms and upon the skillful and intentional utilization of the Right in pushing those hot buttons that trigger fear, flight, and ang [...]


    5. A solid, interesting and very timely premise the exploitation of fear to advance political and business agendas And the sections that deal with that are great, explaining a lot about how our discourse sunk to where it is The problem is the author often goes off on tangents to put a face on issues related to the central premise Which he s not terribly good at visual descriptions are particularly clunky.Also, yes, the author s viewpoint is staunchly leftie If that s likely to trigger you, go to yo [...]


    6. Jumping at Shadows tackles the important topic of fear in the American psyche and its impact on our everyday lives.Abramsky tries to dive into why Americans fear terrorism or plane crashes than car crashes even though the latter kills far in any given year among other topics.The author has some really good points in this book but I would have appreciated some analytics and less personal opinions I also think the book would have benefitted with conversations from average everyday people who f [...]


    7. A wise and in depth report on the state of a nation that is arguably the strongest, richest, and most secure in world history yet suffers chronic and traumatic dread of imagined dangers on all fronts Abramsky shows just how bad off we are and the mess our fears have put us in We cower in the face of non threats, all the while dismissing real problems that endanger our very existence In the process, we ve put our very freedoms at risk Now that s something to be afraid of.


    8. Parts of this book illuminated our country s current situation and even shed light on the irrational and paranoid behavior I see in some of my own relatives who are ruled by fear which is fed by right wing propaganda and social media But Abramsky rambles And the rambling made this hard to read at times.


    9. This is less a critical analysis than a discursive review of the topic at hand That said, Abramsky deftly sifts through his topic with clarity and accuracy, uncovering some of what drives the destructive valorization of our culture around fear, violence, and reactionary progress This is not a fun read But it is a very valuable one Recommended.


    10. Loved the parts about risk assessment, and why we struggle so much with that Loved the reporting on specific individuals and places, and how fear has affected behavior Did a nice job explaining the rise of Trumpism as well However, it was a bit repetitive and uneven for my tastes, with surprisingly little examination of how and why the media plays a role in the formation of our fears.


    11. good stuff, but he does what he accuses the powers that be of doing makes you scared Does this by showing what frightened Americans are doing, hating Muslims, buying guns, etc it is all too real for me so I didn t really want to think about it any and didn t finish.



    12. Interesting read about fear in America Parts of the book ramble which I found myself skimming but a very thought provoking read.


    13. donald trump is a demagogue fear nuclear war, not brown peoplesten to ralph nader, he gets it right maybe your seat belt is the real enemy, eh check yourself check your hate don t be so cray, craye end.


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