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
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,
"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.
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