The media, moral panics and film

Nelson, Adam (2007) The media, moral panics and film. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This piece of work looks at moral panics in the media surrounding films and censorship. This is split into two areas of concern: violence and sex. For each area I examine two cases studies, for violence I look at video technology and the fear of unregulated and uncensored 'video nasties' becoming available in the home. I also look at the media reaction to the James Bulger murder and the blame placed upon Childs Play 3 for the crime. When looking at sex in film I look at the Daily Mails unnecessary campaign against David Cronenburg's Crash as being a source of moral decay and the Arnoldian fear of the lower classes adopted by the media. Finally I look at the 1997 remake of Lolita and the belief that the film may suggest that paedophilia is okay. Whilst holding a neutral position on film censorship itself I anaylse each case study and present my belief that the media, and in some cases parliamentary, reaction is both unnecessary and irrational. My argument is that the media uses films as easy scapegoats for social problems that cannot be explained so easily and that their reason for doing this is fear of and unwillingness to confront and discuss these problems.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/299

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