Moral panic – is the term used to describe media presentation of something or someone that the public will react to in a panicky manner
During the 1960’s, the media portrayed the Mod’s to be hell bent on turning society on its head. Clashes between Mods and Rockers was shown in the media in a negative manor, and facts a figures would often be exaggerated, creating panic among the public. The aim of the media’s coverage was to convince the general public that these youths were operating outside the social boundaries that society sets.
One headline read “Wild ones invade seaside town – 97 arrests” when in fact there were only 21 arrests, which goes to show the extent of the exaggeration. The media created such an interest that policing was increased, and actually made the problem worse, installing fear in the general public.