moral panic

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moral panic

an exaggerated, media-amplified, social reaction to initially relatively minor acts of social DEVIANCE, e.g. social disturbances associated with MODS AND ROCKERS (S. Cohen, Folk Devils and Moral Panics, 1972). Such an overreaction by media, police, courts, governments and members of the public in ‘labelling’ and drawing attention, far from leading to an elimination of this behaviour, tends to amplify it. It does so by constructing role models for others to follow or by publicizing unruly or unsocial behaviour which might otherwise attract little attention. Some theorists also suggest that moral panics are encouraged by governments as useful in mobilizing political support by creating a common ‘threat’ (see Hall et al., Policing the Crisis, 1978). See also DEVIANCE AMPLIFICATION, LABELLING THEORY.
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But I am concerned that the overwhelming response to incidents like this is moral outrage paired with a complete attempt at erasing that person.
Alison Munro, Lib Dem, Almondbury Ward Councillor Killing should be as painless as possible COUNCILLOR Shabir Pandor refuses to publish information in relation to schools which receive halal meat, claiming that the moral outrage demonstrated by anti-halal campaigners is 'politically motivated.'.
The presumption of innocence is too easily buried by moral outrage, which invariably pits the vulnerable and underprivileged against those in majority." The statement further said that HRCP strongly condemns the vicious reaction of all religious-political groups who have taken to violent protests and openly threatened the lives of those associated with the case.
"The separation of children and infants from their families is a moral outrage that shocks the conscience.
He and Joshin "emerged shaken" from their experience, with probably a significant dose of empathic distress and moral outrage. Then they made their way to the United Nations Plaza in the Civic Center area.
(Pause for moral outrage.) Yes, of course, the "real victims" of his drink-drive idiocy are the tot and her family he could have killed when he smashed into them.
Government ministers have always taken part in election campaigns so the Papadopoulos' campaign staff's and the Akel spokesman's moral outrage is not only unjustified it also shows ignorance.
"It is a moral outrage that in one of the world's richest economies public sector workers are left homeless, skipping meals and relying on food banks."
"It is a moral outrage that in one of the world's richest economies public-sector workers are left homeless, skipping meals and relying on food banks."
What better time to feel this sense of moral outrage than in 1938 during the weeks leading to Kristallnacht, when Kerr's The Pale Criminal takes place.
'The day we accept that there is no such thing as international law, moral outrage or sanction for crimes against humanity would be a sad day indeed.