Faculty Advisor

Lebduska, Lisa T.

Faculty Advisor

Trimbur, John.

Abstract

Moral panics occur when media and society link youth culture to juvenile delinquency, as video games were to the 1999 Columbine shootings. In all moral panics, patterns emerge of how the media chooses to portray what society finds threatening, and what the panics mean in a larger societal context. This paper analyzes video games as a modern moral panic by examining rock 'n roll, comic books, and Dungeons and Dragons as historical modern panics.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Technical, Scientific and Professional Communication

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Program

Humanities and Arts

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