History of Moral Panics & Video Games

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Linking violent game-play to the cause of many events has been around for essentially four decades. This concept is known as a ‘moral panic’ defined as “a widespread fear most often an irrational one, that someone or something is a threat to the values, safety and interests of a community or society at large”(Crossman, 2019). The idea of a moral panic first began in 1972 by Stanley Cohen in his book ‘Folk Devils and Moral Panics’, he described the moral panic to emerge when “a condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests”(Cohen, 1972, p.46). These groups which are defined as a threat can be considered ‘different’ and come from stereotypes. In the last four decades and even today, moral panics can be created by the news or media and fueled by politicians, this is because they have…

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