Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Lies, damned lies (cont.)

For years, we have been told that we are spied on by CCTV cameras 300 times a day. I have always thought the figure sounded pretty fishy. Now, thanks to a brilliant piece of detective work by David Aaronovitch in today's Times, we know it is. Could we now subject all other such spurious 'facts' to similar scrutiny?


the Politeer said...

Hi Conor,

I couldn't agree more. There is far too many statistics quoted in the general news and press without a full understanding of where and how those statistics are generated.

There is hope though... on Radio 4. Tim Harfords programme 'More or Less: Behind the Stats' is a great antedote to poor journalism. Have a look at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/moreorless/

All the best, Heedy

Anonymous said...

"300 times" just means a lot. the damn things are everywhere prying into everything.
And is there a crime free society - no. So stop quibbling.