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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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.
To stand by, and continue to ignore their suffering, is a moral outrage.
Think about this," said Seidman:"A dentist from Minnesota shoots a cherished lion in Zimbabwe named Cecil, and days later everyone in the world knows about it, triggering a tsunami of moral outrage on Twitter and Facebook.
1 I share the moral outrage over homophobe boxer Tyson Fury being nominated for Sports Personality of the Year, but why none for tax exile Lewis Hamilton?
Arriving at his final home in Cumnock, Brown concludes it was his moral outrage at the poverty, hypocrisy and injustice he experienced in early life that drove him to become a tireless evangelist for socialism.
It expresses not a sense of high moral outrage but rather betrays a low moral cowardice and a shallow fear of the unknown.
Perhaps George Osborne could finally balance his budget by exporting to his transatlantic pals an iota or two of irony and a sense of humour to counterbalance the mix of moral outrage and greed which dominates America these days" - Joan Collins.
So instead we focus all our energies on one solitary mutt, hoping we can save him via five minutes of moral outrage expressed with a few keystrokes and mouse clicks.