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Fake News: The 'Meta' Moral Panic?

Following Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump’s election in the US, the term ‘fake news’ has entered into everyday vocabulary. We are now, supposedly, living in a post-truth society where facts can be countered with alternative facts and there is no right answer to anything. 1,377 more words

Don't Panic! How Change to Technology Leads to Change in Behavior

A major concern that has been carried from the past to today is the idea of moral panic. Baym describes moral panic as “anxieties over uncontrollable social forces become the focus of efforts to understand a new cultural trend” (Baym, 2015, Making new media make sense, 49). 467 more words

General Election

Relax—I’m not about to embark on a polemic detailing which is the only candidate you should consider voting for. No I gave up telling people how to vote after 1997, you see you can divide the world into two kinds of people, those who voted for Tony Blair in 1997 and those who didn’t. 173 more words



Television journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy, has a habit of pressing celebrities for answers to questions outside the appropriate context. A notable instance occurred at a press junket for Avengers Age of Ultron. 2,282 more words


Skenazy: Moral Panic on a Plane

A dad returning from Mexico and his 3-year-old daughter were hauled off of a flight for suspicion of him trafficking her. The man had all proper documentation, but the authorities still acted on a tip from a passenger clearly fueled by paranoia and moral panic. 13 more words

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Star Trek: Voyager - Retrospect (Review)

Star Trek: Voyager is a very nineties show. Sometimes that is endearing. Sometimes it is not.

Retrospect is an episode that made a great deal more sense in the context of the nineties. 4,802 more words


#BCM110: Moral Panics and Group Presentations

Moral Panics – often related to the role of/concern about young people

Concerns about children and the media often linked to Stanley Cohen’s concept of ‘moral panic’. 256 more words