We are exposed to statistics all the time. This is evident in advertising, political campaigns and movements associated with controversial issues. Read “Telling the Truth about Damned Lies and Statistics” in Readings in Sociology (pg 44 in the reader) and Chapter 2 in the Ferris and Stein textbook.
Answer the following questions: What message is the author, Joel Best, trying to convey in his article?
Why is that statistic that he cited at the beginning of the article a bad one? What makes a statistic bad?
Should we assume all statistics are bad? What distinguishes a bad statistic from a good one?
How should we deal with statistics?
Please cite the author from the writing.