moral panic

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Coined in 1972 by Stanley Cohen, who coined the phrase to describe media coverage of Mods and Rockers in Great Britain in the 1960s.


moral panic (plural moral panics)

  1. A semi-spontaneous or media-generated mass movement based on the perception that an individual, group, community, or culture is dangerously deviant and poses a menace to society. A public outcry.


Further reading[edit]

Wikipedia article on 'Moral Panic'