Just in case you don't quite remember what I was writing about two Fridays ago, here's a fast track on the info. ...
My cousin and I disagreed about crime being about the same now as it was 40 years ago. The statistics proved me wrong, unfortunately.
So, I questioned where my feelings about increased crime came from. News programs could be a big factor as they typically push bad news first. There's got to be an answer, maybe two.
(You can read all of Part 1 at www.tribtoday.com.)
The obvious reason is that crime sells and news programs get ratings by the number of people watching them. They are needs driven, so they report crime first.
National networks also participate in ratings weeks. Since crime sells, I imagined I'd see lots of crime shows in the top ten.
Using the Nielsen ratings for 2012-13, I found I was wrong, yet again. (Nielsen is a research group that monitors TV show ratings among the U.S. population).
As it turned out, ratings among the top four networks didn't bear any resemblance to what I'd supposed. Just one crime / violent show landed in the top 10 and only six crime / violent shows were in the top 30. Of course if you count football as a violent program, those numbers triple, easily!
Knowing that I'd noticed more than these intermittent crime shows, I was perplexed. Then it dawned on me: cable networks.
Cable networks are rated by network rather than by specific shows like the national networks. The network whose shows are watched most often rise to the top of the ratings ladder.
Here, I was not disappointed. USA, TNT, A&E and Fox cable were all in the top 10 rankings.
What is the major content of their shows? Crime is the regular diet of each of these four stations. They are the daily staple for hours on end, often highlighted in ''marathons.''
Bingo. Finally a place to rest my sense of ''more crime'': the cable channels! (Relax: I don't really claim this is the reason for my uneasiness.)
Something that I have always said is that, "You can get used to anything if you're around it long enough, even murders." If that's really true, why haven't I become anesthetized to crime? Why does it seem as though it's everywhere I look?
Because it is: parading across my computer screen when I'm just trying to sign on to my email account; on the TV; even in the newspaper.
I think what causes my uneasy feeling about crime is the seeming offhanded attitude shown by those who commit crimes, especially murder.
Three weeks ago, when I started working on this article, a young man who came to America from Australia, was riding his bike, in plain sight, on a public street. He was doing something constructive, improving his strength, his health so that he could better play the game of baseball.
He was hoping to earn a Major League career, which is why he'd come here in the first place. He was minding his own business; no one could take offense to his actions. He was a complete innocent.
At the same time, there were three young men, drifting along. They'd been hanging out together and got bored; nothing to do, no brain teasers to occupy their tiny, reprobate minds, so they decided the activity for the day would be to kill someone. No longer thrilled with playing video games where the killed rose again on the next screen, they decided it was time to murder someone real.
They shot the Australian boy, dead, because "they were bored."
And that's what influences my feeling that crime is more pervasive. We've definitely crossed a line when people need no reason to kill: They just do it.
Imagine: ''Add this to my bucket list: Kill someone. I'm bored, think I'll go kill someone. There are no thrills left, so I guess I'll go kill someone. And you can't stop me.''
Every statistic proved me wrong, yet my feeling remains.
I also proved myself wrong: It turns out that I can't get used to murder after all.
Jagunic is a Cortland resident.