16: Availability Cascade - Deepstash
16: Availability Cascade

16: Availability Cascade

An availability cascade is a widespread overreaction to a minor risk, caused by the popular belief rather than being true or prevalent.

  • A story about razor blades found in candy causes concern among mothers in the local community.
  • This leads to a national news story, followed by panicked parents inspecting their children's candy, ultimately resulting in a nationwide ban on homemade treats.
  • This is known as an availability cascade - a chain reaction triggered by media reports of a small incident, leading to widespread public panic and government intervention.

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