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”Känsliga tittare varnas”: En uppsats om medier, makt och moralpanik
University of Kalmar, School of Communication and Design.
University of Kalmar, School of Communication and Design.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“Viewer discretion is advised” : A thesis on media, power and moral panics (English)
Abstract [en]

Sweden. 1980. The term ‘video violence’ becomes public through the debates show Studio S. The show urges and obligates politicians to stop, regulate and ban video films with violent content from the market. 29 years later, the debates show Debatt raises concerns regarding a similar topic, ‘video game violence’. Both shows were produced and aired by the Public Service channels of Sveriges Television in Sweden.

The purpose of this thesis was to study and examine if the media encourages and nourishes moral panics to the general public through debates shows. How does the host/journalist interact to steer the debate to the media agenda and how has the power structure changed in the debate genre over the years? Do the media nurture the root of moral panics?

We based the study on a qualitative content analysis. We analyzed one episode from each of the two debate shows Studio S and Debatt. The method of analysis we used was discourse analysis with emphasis on relations and power structures. We also analyzed the episodes by using Goode and Ben-Yehudas five criteria’s for creating moral panic.

The study shows that both debates shows fail to mention the problem in a larger societal context. They tend to only portray a scapegoat. Furthermore, they often show one-sided and violent sequences from the cultural phenomena. They use discourses to maintain the firm power in the debates to fulfill their pre-constructed bias agenda. We’ve also observed that it has become much more difficult for a moral panic to gain momentum compared with 1980, because of the medias decentralization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , p. 63
Keywords [en]
Moral panics, video violence, video nasties, video game violence, journalism, Studio S, Debatt, critical discourse analysis
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hik:diva-2775OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hik-2775DiVA, id: diva2:297980
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2010-02-19, Linnéuniversitet, Gröndalsvägen 19, Kalmar, 16:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-03-15 Created: 2010-02-19 Last updated: 2010-03-15Bibliographically approved

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