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Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 12:00 am
A brief history of moral panics

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polocrunch
polocrunch
Polocrunch
Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)

What do you mean by 'moral panic', precisely? If your definitions aren't tight, nor is your argument.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Dec. 24th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)

I'd define it in terms of the relationship between the particular and the universal. There are a great many anxieties running around any given society at any given time. A moral panic is when one of these anxieties gets to become metonymic -- to stand for all of them. And I'm saying, in this essay, that there's a particular relationship between new media technologies and the selection of the metonym -- the fear which is going to stand for all other fears, the particular which is going to become, momentarily, universal.

There's a close relationship between metonymy and representation. I talk more about this in my lecture The IT Culture.

Edited at 2008-12-24 01:19 am (UTC)


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