‘ The media are responsible for a range of social problems’.
Moral problems have been described as a condition, episode, person or group of persons
which emerge to become a defined threat to societal values and interests.
Examples of social problems include:
•Lack of role models
•Social integration (we don’t usually see different communities and cultures mixing
•How women are portrayed in the media
•Women’s inequality to men
•High teenage pregnancy rate
Concern: Behavior of the group or category in question is likely to have a
negative impact on society.
Hostility: towards the group in question increases and they may become
‘folk devils’. A clear division forms between 'them' and 'us'.
Consensus: A widespread acceptance that the group in question poses a
very real threat to society.
Disproportionately: The action taken is disproportionate to the actual
threat posted by the accused group.
Validity: moral panics are highly volatile and end to disappear as quickly as
Some recent panics include:
•Knife and gun crime
•Jobs – immigrants