Feb 18, 2016
A moral panic is pretty much what covid has become, a fanatical cult, I have linked the spy run Wikipedia, it covers what a moral panic is reasonably well, the 2nd paragraph however tries to throw people off the scent of Jeffery Epstein and the elite paedophile ring by alluding to the pizzgate crap IMO, necessary for spypedia seen as it’s run by agencies that knew about Epstein and his associates for years.

You can see how politicians can exploit a "moral panic" for authoritarian measures, take anything you have witnessed in 2020 until now and apply the stages below, apply this tactic to low intelligent parts of the populace along with those seeking popularity by association with the most amplified narratives and we get a "moral panic" real easy.

IMO moral panics have become addictive, it plays out like a movie script, the thing is the narrative needs to change to feed the addiction, people get bored, the process driving the behavior seems to be the threat of somebody taking away your bioenergetic resources along with joining a group/side that will increase/protect your bioenergetic resources opposing the "evil", at the same time the general populace don’t want to expend too much bioenergetic resources fighting it so they look to government to fix it.
This could be the core process and reasoning of moralizing ? Moralizing is the new religion for contemporary times, the morals that reign seem to protect and increase bioenergetic resources for some with the promise of increases for the followers, Woke politics is just this.

It seems the ruling class have discovered starting moral panics acts as an energy sink to prevent organic panics starting up, the internet could have forced them into starting them more often than in the past?

A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among many people that some evil threatens the well-being of society.[1][2] It is "the process of arousing social concern over an issue – usually the work of moral entrepreneurs and the mass media".

In recent centuries the mass media have become important players in the dissemination of moral indignation, even when they do not appear to be consciously engaged in sensationalism or in muckraking. Simply reporting a subset of factual statements without contextual nuance can be enough to generate concern, anxiety, or panic.[4][need quotation to verify]Stanley Cohen states that moral panic happens when "a condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests". Examples of moral panic include the belief in widespread abduction of children by predatory paedophiles ,belief in ritual abuse of women and children by satanic cults,and concerns over the effects of music lyrics.

Some moral panics can become embedded in standard political discourse, which include concepts such as "Red Scare" and terrorism.

According to Cohen, there are five key stages in the construction of a moral panic:

  1. Someone, something or a group are defined as a threat to social norms or community interests
  2. The threat is then depicted in a simple and recognizable symbol/form by the media
  3. The portrayal of this symbol rouses public concern
  4. There is a response from authorities and policy makers
  5. The moral panic over the issue results in social changes within the community

The concept of "moral panic" has also been linked to certain assumptions about the mass media.Cohen stated that the mass media is the primary source of the public's knowledge about deviance and social problems. He further argued that moral panic gives rise to the folk devil by labelling actions and people.Christian Joppke, furthers the importance of media as he notes, shifts in public attention 'can trigger the decline of movements and fuel the rise of others'.

According to Cohen, the media appear in any or all three roles in moral panic dramas:

  • Setting the agenda – selecting deviant or socially problematic events deemed as newsworthy, then using finer filters to select which events are candidates for moral panic.
  • Transmitting the images – transmitting the claims by using the rhetoric of moral panics.
  • Breaking the silence and making the claim.

Moral panics have several distinct features. According to Goode and Ben-Yehuda, moral panic consists of the following characteristics:

  • Concern – There must be the belief that the behavior of the group or activity deemed deviant is likely to have a negative effect on society.
  • Hostility – Hostility toward the group in question increases, and they become "folk devils". A clear division forms between "them" and "us".
  • Consensus – Though concern does not have to be nationwide, there must be widespread acceptance that the group in question poses a very real threat to society. It is important at this stage that the "moral entrepreneurs" are vocal and the "folk devils" appear weak and disorganized.
  • Disproportionality – The action taken is disproportionate to the actual threat posed by the accused group.
  • Volatility – Moral panics are highly volatile and tend to disappear as quickly as they appeared because public interest wanes or news reports change to another narrative
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