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Re: Moral Panics

Postby a2z » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:47 pm

UK Crime Agency's Latest Moral Panic: Kids Modding Videogames May Be A Gateway To Becoming Criminal Hackers
I always considered modding video games to be just a normal step in the progression towards becoming aware of the importance of programming skills, but I guess the witless wonders in charge of law enforcement in the UK see things differently!
PARANOID FANTASY:
This world can seem very seductive. Where you can make "friends" quickly and easily and you are praised for your skills, rather than being criticised for being a "nerd". But it is also a place where the vulnerable or naive can become criminals without quite realising what they are doing. The bad news is that suspects are getting younger. Seventeen is the average age, according to the National Cyber Crime Unit, but some are as young as 12.

REALITY:
Of course, all of this ignores that the vast majority of people who mod games or use cheat codes don't go on to become criminal hackers.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170421/13435537210/uk-crime-agencys-latest-moral-panic-kids-modding-videogames-may-be-gateway-to-becoming-criminal-hackers.shtml
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Re: Moral Panics

Postby a2z » Tue May 09, 2017 8:14 pm

How Moral Panics Can Turn Into Therapeutic Tools: The Dungeons And Dragons Edition
After the initial shock wears off, sometimes people come to their senses!
This game, once thought by parents to create potential Satan worshipers out of their little darling children, has already been pushed as a fantastic starting point for would-be creative writers. More recently, however, therapists have begun using the game as a therapeutic tool in sessions with patients.

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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170502/10104037288/how-moral-panics-can-turn-into-therapeutic-tools-dungeons-dragons-edition.shtml
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Re: Moral Panics

Postby cactuspete » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:16 am

Freaking out over tiny risks: A case study from a moral panic
People just never seem to learn. Skepticism is the best approach to take, especially if a news story is sensational or outlandish or has anything to do with sex. When it comes to sex, people's imaginations go wild, but the reality is actually quite boring.
We are naturally drawn to narratives that inspire panic. This is a phenomenon in American culture that goes back at least as far as the “white slavery epidemic” of the early 1900s. It resurfaced in the 1980s, as we became increasingly paranoid about satanic cults embedded in daycares selecting children for ritualistic abuse (no evidence of such a phenomenon ever materialized). Today, the term “sex trafficking” has made its way into our common discourse as if it were an identifiable phenomenon.

LINK: http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/freaking-out-over-tiny-risks-a-case-study-from-a-moral-panic/
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Re: Moral Panics

Postby ergot » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:31 pm

The real reason El Salvador jails women for stillbirths? It's called 'moral panic'
Society often reacts to perceived, imaginary threats and sometimes over-reacts to overly-hyped threats. Often these reactions are way out of proportion to the reality of the situation and as such would seem maladaptive, but humans often make profound errors in judgement, sometimes on a grand scale.
According to Cohen’s theory, the media plays a crucial role in whipping up moral panic. In El Salvador, mainstream media outlets went into overdrive to foment the frenzy over abortion, calling on the state to do more to capture homicidal mothers and using the words “abortion” and “homicide” interchangeably. One newspaper article reported that “the number of newborns being thrown into latrines, trash receptacles, or vacant lots by their own mothers is alarming.”

ARTICLE: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-viterna-el-salvador-abortion-crime-moral-panic-20170730-story.html
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