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Moral Panic and media folk devils.

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  • Essay length: 9883 words
  • Submitted: 28/08/2003
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AS and A Level Media

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Moral Panic and media folk devils.

* Introduction

In this study I will first define what a moral panic is, then I will use previous studies from independent sources to find previous opinions and ideas and also what moral panics we have had (and are in the middle of) from the post war period onwards to present day. After this I will conduct my own study on the subject.

* Hypothesis.

My hypothesis for my study is that most people will agree that moral panics and folk devils are based mostly on rumours and fear influenced by the media. I believe this as many of the previous moral panics are now perfectly acceptable, and also due to media influence linking real life tragedies to other media as a scapegoat, such as shootings in America being influenced by computer games. Also I think that older people will be more concerned with moral panics than the younger generation as they have greater exposure to media, have a lesser interest in the subjects which start panics and have younger relatives and children.

* Definition.

The phrase moral panic can be defined as The Chambers

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