This paper illustrates that moral panics promoted by the media in different societies include the following: The notion that Hip Hop music promotes and turns the American youth to violence, thug life, and sex addiction. In the United Kingdom, there was moral panic created by the media that the Harry Potter books, as well as movies, promoted witchcraft in society. Additionally, in the United States of America (USA), there was moral panic that Heavy metal music promoted Satanism, drug addiction, and sexual violence, and was also promoted by the media. Sometime back in the United Kingdom, there was moral panic caused by the media; it was referred to as “video nasties”, it is immediately after that, a series of movies were banned for reasons of promoting immorality. The Pokémon game also in the United States of America received its fair share of moral panic promoted by the media, the moral advocates championed that the game was the bad influence to children by promoting psychic abilities, a thing that is unrealistic. In this particular essay, the Ebola moral panic is of more concern. In the United States of America, a fierce debate cropped up after the media showcased a case in which a Liberian citizen was allowed to go out to the community by the Dallas hospital, only to die of Ebola, after returning to the Hospital a few weeks later. With this debate, arose many ideas on how to prevent such an outbreak from happening in the United States. From most of the suggestions, every element of moral panic could be traced in the above Ebola scare. This included: The fear, that the folk devils i.e. the infected Africans would come to the United States, hence, pressure to ban entry into the United States by nationals from the affected countries, and the fear was far disproportionate i.e. thinking that the disease is as contagious as particular diseases, for example, Influenza that claims thousands of innocents lives every year.
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