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REACTION TO TERRORISM 1 Reaction to Terrorism: Public Risk Assessments Lamya Mahmoud American University of Sharjah
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REACTION TO TERRORISM 2 Reaction to Terrorism: Public Risk Assessments In his essay “Bad Luck: Why Americans Exaggerate the Terrorist Threat” (n.d.), Rosen discusses people’s perceptions about evaluating risks they are, actually not, at risk of. The author argues that people, especially women, exaggerate risks of any catastrophe that they hear of. As the essay’s title denotes, Americans overstated the risks they might be exposed to, because of the fear that September 11 created in the United States. Rosen’s essay is a consolation to Americans and it provides explanation for such social behavior. As the author explains, people’s exaggeration of such disasters, along with media’s propaganda, was the real reason behind the mess that September 11 created. Furthermore, Rosen has succeeded in more ways than one in delivering his concepts by using ample evidence from various sources and establishing common ground with his readers. To begin with, the author provides adequate evidence from a variety of sources to convince his readers in many ways. For instance, Rosen aids his
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REACTION TO TERRORISM 3 arguments with statistical evidence, surveys, books and university professors. First of all, the author provides results from a Gallup survey, which concords
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