Flying & Moral Panics

I have never enjoyed flying. Although I would stop short of saying that I have a fear of flying – after you have been in a small plane flown by your wife who has never flown one before, you tend to put trust in the capable hands of a professional pilot.

However, that is kind of the problem we are being reminded of by the media – you can’t.

The awful, tragic news of Germanwings flight 4U 9225 quickly moved it’s focus from the news of the incident itself to the apparent murder-suicide of the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz.

As a society, we need someone to blame and as part of this, the media will also create a moral-panic (Cohen 1972), causing the proletariat (that’s me & you), to want to find out more about a certain event or linked events. Continue reading “Flying & Moral Panics”

BBC News – Big storms compared: 1987 and 2013

BBC News – Big storms compared: 1987 and 2013.

Last one tonight, a comparison of the storm on from the weekend and the famous storm of 1987 – the biggest in recent times. After all the hype, it turned out that there wasn’t actually much to it (at least around this part of the country). However, media outlets all over the place wouldn’t let you forget about it (hmmm what theory could this be?) What are your thoughts on this story? Specifically, think about audiences and how they were engaged. As you may have started to realise – leave your thoughts in the comments section.