Moral Panics – often related to the role of/concern about young people
Concerns about children and the media often linked to Stanley Cohen’s concept of ‘moral panic’.
Recent moral panics in Australia:
Wear it Purple/Gaybe Baby
By the end of today’s class you should have:
-settled on a topic.
-Decided how you will break this into parts – so you can start working on your individual research reports over the break.
– figured out what each of you will do over the break – both for your research report, and for the group.
– figure out what each of you will have prepared by next time you meet.
REMINDER: WHAT THE ASSIGNMENT REQUIRES:
Group presentation on 1 media issue that you have researched, including the following:
-An overview of the issue and why it’s of significance
-An account of how the issue has been addressed with appropriate examples drawn from a range of media sources
-A discussion of what has been included or overlooked in the media presentation of this issue and how this might be addressed in theory or practice (Assignment 2: Group Presentation Sheet, Moodle).
So – what do we mean by a media issue? Something happening in the media (coverage) or something the media is doing (trends) … or something else?
Which media issue? How to choose?
– Could either work from choosing the topic that most interested you? Or something that’s happening in the media that you have followed with interest?
-media effects and anxieties about these
-content analysis and cultivation theories
-reading images – representation- semiotics-connotations
-ideology and interpretation
-ownership and control of the media
-the role of the mediated public sphere
-the concept of the moral panic