Moral panic causes a great fear in society. The fear is so widespread that it has a strong impact on the citizens, the government and even the legislation. Laws would also be updated in order to meet the moral panic created. Moral panic usually stems from certain stereotypes and can be closely associated with the prejudiced, or marginalized population of a society. It is a perceived threat. It is mostly irrational. However, since it is widespread because of the news media and internet connections, it causes public concern.
Authorities and law makers end up responding to the threat. Moral panics are increased in the connected world. Moral panics have existed even before the advent of Web 2.0 and the interconnections established by these technologies. However, in the connected world, these panics have increased. The annotated bibliography attempts to identify and critically assess some of the articles on the moral panic situation in the current world. Marsh, I. & Melville, G. (2011). Moral panics and the British media–a look at some contemporary ‘folk devils’. Internet Journal of Criminology, 1, pp.1-21.
Marsh & Melville (2011) assess the term moral panic as presented by other researchers like Cohen (attributed as a main contributor towards the understanding of moral panic) and attempt to show how moral panic situations are found in history and contemporary situations. The purpose of the research is to show that moral panic situations cannot simply be dismissed as myths.
Contemporary communication technologies are often accused of creating mayhem when there is none. This is something that a student in contemporary communication technologies has to defend. Now, this study is important as it shows how the moral panic as created in mass media connections in current times could lead to exaggerated understandings. The social reaction that is created results in more communication that is based on false assumptions. One understands the strengths of contemporary communication methods and technologies in class, and this work was seen to present the drawbacks that can exist because of use of contemporary technologies. What increased connections has resulted in problems for society. This work enables one to understand the problem of moral panic but with the stable notion that all moral messages sent are not false.