"So, I propose the term “dangerism” to describe how a culture decides what is and isn’t dangerous. The sources of dangerism can be traced to both personal and social sources. Our individual perception of risk is based on a combination of personal experiences and family history. The cultural aspects of dangerism are probably best described by anthropologists, but the popular news media certainly plays a part in creating exaggerated portrayals of risk." —Gever Tulley, Dangerism
Dave J. uses the term appropriately in an interview with Keira-Anne at kiera-anne.com:
"I think there is always the tendency to fall prey to unwarranted “dangerism” and hold the view that a skate park is an extremely risky place, but the statistics are pretty clear that other sports such as basketball and soccer have a much higher level of injury than skateboarding."
"Dangerism is a term which refers to the practice of maximising the perception of risk and the cultivation of fear and the accommodation of those fears by a "hardening" of safety measures, which then, in turn feed back into a greater yet perception of risk in an increasingly strident feedback howl, until an activity comes to be regarded (however irrationally) as being almost unthinkably dangerous." Aberdeen Cars