A2 scly4 *moral panics question*Watch
Is anyone sure how to answer this question? I know this may be a stupid question.. But we're still required to talk about how the media represents crime, how the it causes crime and not just talk about moral panics by itself? It's a 21 mark question so I'm assuming we must include everything from the topic ?? I would appreciate some help! Thanks in advance X
The moral panic created by the media representations evoke behaviours from those who are the subject of the moral panic, and thus could actually cause more crime to be carried out by the deviants, thus the moral panic has inadvertantly caused more crime.
Also it's worth noting that according to Hall et al. (1978), there exists primary definers and secondary definers. The primary definers are those in positions of power who decide what "news" becomes the news that is portrayed by the media. These "facts" are then translated by the media into a form suitable for the public, evoking a wave of panic across society in retaliation to the threat they believe they are vulnerable to.
However, it is important to remember that not every body will react in the same way... some may take it with a pinch of salt and thus show personal agency (choice), some may not perceive the threat to be so specific to them if not in a near location etc.
Hope this helps!