Chapter 5. The Media Ignite and Embody the Moral Panic

  1. Erich Goode and
  2. Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Published Online: 11 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch5

Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition

Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition

How to Cite

Goode, E. and Ben-Yehuda, N. (2009) The Media Ignite and Embody the Moral Panic, in Moral Panics: The Social Construction of Deviance, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444307924.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 AUG 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405189347

Online ISBN: 9781444307924

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Keywords:

  • media igniting and embodying moral panic;
  • mass media and moral panics;
  • Renaissance witch craze - genuine moral panic;
  • moral panics from local or grassroots basis - percolating to community at large;
  • moral panics as expressed in mass media - in abundance and great profusion;
  • “media” shorthand for “mass media of communication”;
  • media - secondary or “minor” media;
  • models of media's selection, slant and influence;
  • “professional-subculture” model - media's content and slant and middle-level interest group;
  • media exaggeration and media's expression of concern over given folk devil

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Mass Media and Moral Panics

  • What are the Media?

  • Models of the Media's Selection, Slant, and Influence

  • Media Exaggeration

  • Summary and Conclusions