"They're not 'other' people." Australia is undergoing yet another moral panic about refugees, this time targeting South Sudanese youth. The racist dog whistling and framing about "gangs" in the media has been used on every non-English speaking migrant group, from Italians in the 1960s and 1980s, to the Lebanese and Vietnamese in the 1990s and more in between, always elevating isolated cases or completely incorrectly demonising minorities.
How much is ‘too much time’ on social media?
Researchers are investigating whether social media addiction constitutes a mental disorder. Is this a moral panic or food for thought?
Prostitution and trafficking – the anatomy of a moral panic. In 1997 two academics estimated that 71 women had been trafficked (under the UK's very loose definition of trafficking) and that 'the problem' could be anything from 2-20 times greater. The upper-bound figure became rounded up, reported, doubled, misquoted, and suddenly we're trying to find an annual 18,000 trafficked sex workers who don't exist. "We are told that this is the second largest problem facing the globe after drugs and…
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Racist Moral Panic: I’ve seen a few “progressive” White people sharing a newstory about the newly established African-Australian community taskforce, without recognising that this is giving in to scaremongering. Yet White people feel comforted by the idea that “African community leaders” are doing “the right thing” to keep people safe (read: White people). The nation must critically examine how Whiteness drives these responses.