Crim 100.docx - Crim 100 Mid-term Review 1 Describe moral panic according to your understanding and assigned readings Interactions in the School

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Crim 100- Mid-term Review 1. Describe moral panic according to your understanding and assigned readings. Interactions in the School Shooting – Moral Panic Steps towards moral panic- 1. The event 2. media 3. Politician Moral panic is the altering of of the public mind that the problem or threat is bigger than it is. What is Moral Panic? It can be defined as the altering of the public mind that a threat or problem is worse than it is. There are three steps that lead to moral panic, the first is the actual event itself, the second is the media the broadcast of it, and the third and final step is how it is used in politics. The first step does not need much explanation due to it being the actual event or small problem that become embellished. The second step is the media, meaning how it goes from a smaller minor news story to the front page. This step can almost be the game telephone and is the most influential step in moral panic. In the example used in class we watched a faked news cast that talked about a real fire however manipulated certain facts to turn it into a conspiracy theory, saying how the serial arsonist that gets off on the fire. Although it is seen as a joke and laughed at in the class, examples such as this are seen every day and are used to capture views. In the media views are money and if one news cast breaks a huge story that came from something small such as a building fire and turns it into a conspiracy theory, every news outlet has to do their own take on it, thus the game telephone, every outlet modifies the facts just slightly increasing views and thus instilling fear in the viewers. What was a building fire due to a faulty wire, turned into a serial arsonist that masturbates to the fire before exiting the scene, thus causes fear in people. The final step is how it is used in politics, meaning how the politicians use it to benefit their campaigns. This is done by the politician suggesting a simple and what seems to be very effective solution to the problem, to try and make the people follow them and vote for them. This is used to gain numbers in the polls, many of the solutions suggested are never put into play, in the gain of authority. They are purely an act to gain numbers. As a society we find an extreme amount of joy in violence and fear, this can be supported by how well crime shows do. When we are given a story that makes no sense but is supported by fact and our questions are answered, along with we are given a simple solution, we tend to be drawn in that direction. The politician uses the fear installed in us to give an emotional simple solution to fix the over dramatized event, instilled by the media. Moral panic in review is when facts, stories and events are manipulated by the media and turn the problem or threat into a way bigger deal that it originally was.
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