The power of information. In this chapter Levitt and Dubner show the importance of knowledge and having information. When the Ku Klux Klan’s rituals and ideas were revealed when a man put them as villains on a superman radio show, the attendance for the Klan dropped drastically. Kids would dress up in white hoods and unknowingly mock their parents. What adult man would want to be mocked by his son about a secret society he was in? Not very many. And so that idea greatly affected the Klan. The Ku Klux Klan was a society full of secrets, but when their information fell, into the wrong hands, their white supremacy powers also fell. The Klan is entirely based on the power of its hidden information, much like politicians, stockbrokers, and real-estate agents.
This general idea can be as complicated as the Ku Klux Klan but it also can relate to the simplest of things. For example, the movie “Mean Girls”. A group of girls kept a book called “The Burn Book” where they took pictures of the girls in their highschool and wrote awful comments about them. This book then got out and caused the school to go crazy. But only four girls weren’t in that book. The authors. So everyone knew who wrote it, which then took the most powerful people in the school to be treated not like royalty, but like everyone else. Information can change something so stereotypical as highschool social status, and make all the difference.
So, it really makes you wonder what is in that briefcase, doesn’t it?