Essay on The Cause of School Violence
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These steps which can lead to a moral panic are discussed by Blumer in Social Problems as Collective Behavior (1971) while, in Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims (1990), Best describes the role of media in this process. In order for moral panic to ensue, the public must be aware of the problem. The news media plays a large role in this since, by definition, they are the medium that disseminates information about the problem. Media directors are interested in increasing their ratings and circulation. As a result, the news media often presents the problem in an exaggerated or sensationalized manner and in most cases will give it a name (which often carries an exaggerated sense urgency or threat). Naming a problem lends it a sense of familiarity, may encourage discussion, and makes this discussion, by media and the general public, possible in more specific and efficient terms.
Naming a problem may also lead society to assume a problem is more legitimate than it truly is. Blumer explains that “legitimization” of the problem is the second step leading up to a moral panic (1971). Best might add that