Effects of media - MEDIA AND MORAL PANIC 1 Media and Moral...

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MEDIA AND MORAL PANIC 1 Media and Moral Panic: How does the media govern our lives Nadia Iqbal Haya Saleem Khan Hania Zaidi Aziza Burki Sundal Khan Emaan Fatima Lahore School of Economics
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MEDIA AND MORAL PANIC 2 Acknowledgements We would like to thank: Mrs. Munaza Hasan, our instructor, for supporting us through the entire research process and for being a steady hand of guidance and wisdom. Haram Ajmal for helping us with the paper. Mr. Sher Ali, reporter to Express News, for agreeing to be an interviewee and a significant part of our research process. Lahore School of Economics student body and faculty for filling out our questionnaires and helping us out in every possible way to aid and guide our research. Class fellows of Section C for being thoroughly supportive, for actively participating and patient with us through the research process. Parents, family friends, acquaintances of those involved in the research. Citizens of Lahore we approached in Mall of Lahore, and several shops and restaurants.
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3 Abstract The purpose of this research paper is to introduce the topic of the media, moral panic and its influence on an individual's thinking. Specifically, it looks at how the media today is a huge conglomerate made up of television news and talk shows, radio news and newspaper editorials and a vast array of print and online media, which all affect how Pakistani, and more specifically Lahori, view and interpret the daily news. Moreover, it discusses how the public reacts to moral panics, such as the Veena Malik issue, caused by the media. As such, the media portrays only what it deems important and entertaining and will keep the viewers interested, be it by; creating a moral panic, exaggerating an event or plainly tackling social problems. It shows how it tends to cover more news that captivates a wider audience, for example the Indo-Pak World cup 2011 semi final match, than tend to portray government and politics news- a change in the legislation or implementation of a new, non-conflictory law, for instance. "Media is so pervasive in our society; it can actually change the perception of the people, and swing the balance of power from one political cause to another. As one political media expert noted, "The press, as Walter Lippmann noted, has power partly because it can act as 'the beam of a searchlight that moves restlessly about, bringing one episode and then another out of darkness into vision'" (Seib, 2000, p. 60). Furthermore, the proposal goes on to find out whether the public opinion believes that media blows events out of proportion and influences an individual’s judgment. Moreover, the importance of media and the extent of today’s generation’s reliance on it. Media and Moral Panic: How do the media govern our lives
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course ACADEMIC W 201 taught by Professor Jones during the Spring '11 term at Bentley.

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Effects of media - MEDIA AND MORAL PANIC 1 Media and Moral...

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