Incurable Sex Offenders, Lousy Judges & The Media: Moral Panic Sustenance in the Age of New Media

  title={Incurable Sex Offenders, Lousy Judges \& The Media: Moral Panic Sustenance in the Age of New Media},
  author={Kathryn Joan Fox},
  journal={American Journal of Criminal Justice},
  • K. Fox
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Criminal Justice
There is consensus that since the 1990s, we have experienced a spike in public concern over sexual offenders. Analyzing this concern as a moral panic, this paper argues that national television coverage, as it picks up local news, adds heat to the fire by re-naming the villain as an inadequate judicial system. This process helps to sustain a moral panic, while narrowing the available discourse about the nature of appropriate punishment. Drawing upon a well-publicized example of a media event in… 

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