Provide a 8 pages analysis while answering the following question: Media Effects and Moral Panics. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Moral panics are a condition, an episode in which a person of a group of persons emerge and come out as a defined threat to the values and interests of the society at large. (Cohen, 1972, p9). Moral panics occur mostly in times when the society is unable to cope up with the change and when the change brings about a fear of loss of control within the realms of the social structure. This trend was particularly evident during the 1960s. That was when society experienced many modernizing trends, for instance, the sexual revolution. When events such as that took place during the 1960s are replicated, they arouse a growing concern that moral standards are declining and entire generations are demeaning and comprising on the society’s moral structure.
There have many such cases in which young people have been associated with murder and killing cases. Interestingly, the victims have also been young people or white skinned females. Such murders have given rise to a lot of media sensationalism. The killing in itself was a result of the media projection of violent images in the first place in a lot of cases. However, today abduction by strangers is decreasing but abduction by family members and friends is increasing than ever before. .
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