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Moral panic essay – the video nasties campaign of the 1980’s essays ‘Moral Panic’ is defined as ‘a semi-spontaneous or media generated mass movement based on the perception that some individual or group, frequently a minority group or subculture, is dangerously deviant and poses a menace to society. These panics are generally fuelled by, although not always caused by, media coverage of social issues.’1 Stanley Cohen originally coined the term in his work ‘Folk Devils and Moral Panics’ in 1972. However, as Cohen states himself: ‘The term is unfortunate, though, because its connotation with irrationality and being out of control. It also evokes the image of a frenzied crowd or mob.’2 A prime example of a media publicised ‘moral panic’ is the infamous 1980’s Fun Mothers Day Writing Activity & Book Ideas | New nasties’ campaign. ‘Defender of the public morals’3 Mary Whitehouse introduced the term video nasty in 1982, but the expression Vietnams Communist Revolution by Tuong Vu - Cambridge Core as a press label within the same year. The phrase described an apparent influx of horrific and sickening videos that had arrived in the UK after the 1979 introduction of the VHS to the British market. The uproar began in May 1982: ‘…Sunday Times journalist Peter Chippendale published an article entitled ‘How High Street Horror Is Invading The Home’. “Uncensored horror video cassettes have arrived in Britain’s high street stores,”.“They exploit extremes of violence, and are rapidly replacing sexual pornography as the video trade’s biggest money-spinner.”’4 A similar uproar had occurred twice in the British press a decade earlier. In 1973 Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange was released causing a Labour MP to protest the film ‘“…will lead to a ‘clockwork cult’ which will magnify teenage violence.”’5 An article confirming the previous fears followed; ‘The Daily Telegraph reported the case of a 16-year old boy who “beat Taleem-e-Niswan ebooks by Musheer Husain Qedwai | Rekhta tramp to death…”’6 After two similar cases it was reported the trial judge stated ‘“This dastar.