History’s Strangest Suicide

How Western civilization was sacrificed in the chase for advertising revenue

Image credit: Fort Dodge Public Art

We humans reason primarily by anecdote. We may learn abstractly that air travel is the safest way to get from Point A to Point B, but a sensational media story about an airplane crash will have far more influence on us.

The media, whether it is social or traditional, is therefore a dominant factor in the way we…