6c - Characteristics of a moral panic Widespread...

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Characteristics of a moral panic Widespread Over-reactive Volatile Hostile Largely irrational
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Moral Panic – 7 Ingredients 1. A kernel of truth There has to be a pre-existing small social problem or fear to feed the panic The moral entrepreneur has the ability to create this as well; does not need to be a personal creation however 2. Media Magnification Routinization of Caricature – “recrafting worst cases into typical cases and the episodic into the epidemic” There must be some type of mechanism that makes the kernel of truth much bigger than it is, media most effective at this
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Moral Panic 3. Moral Entrepreneur Must have somebody who takes the idea and runs with it Within drug scares the most common are political personalities 4. Professional Interest Groups These groups claim that they are the authority on this social ill because of their particular dealings with it previously or through their position in society They garner resources and power based on being this group; this is real
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