Freakonomics fisking of AP story on music and teen sex

Freakonomics fisking of AP story on music and teen sex: Anyone who saw the AP story headline “Sexual lyrics prompt teens to have sex” and who has read the book Freakonomics knew it wouldn’t take long for one of the authors to point out the obvious conclusion there’s a correlation between reporters not taking statistics in college and misinterpretation of survey data. (There’s a difference between “correlation” and “causal” in research. However that doesn’t stop reporters and their editors from using words like “prompt” when the data does not necessarily prove such.)

3 thoughts on “Freakonomics fisking of AP story on music and teen sex

  1. I had to chuckle when I saw that. I’m of an age to remember the same kind of things being said about rockandroll in the 1950s. I once had a copy of Elvis’ FBI file that had all sorts of clippings from sheriffs and police chiefs about his evil music. Plus ca change…

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