Setting the Scene: An Introduction
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Media panics … proved enduring because of the pioneering cultural position of the young in modernity: from the 1860s as dominant consumers of mass-produced penny serials; from the 1900s as major cinema patrons; from the later 1930s unrivalled as comic-book readers; obsessive television viewers from the 1950s; and from the 1980s accomplished as operators of video recorders and computer games. This cultural power of the young in the world of commercial leisure poses a potential threat to existing power relations.
… moral panics often tell us a great deal about adult anxieties—fear of the future, of technological change, and the erosion of moral absolutes—than about the nature of juvenile misbehaviour. Attacks on the media [including theater] thereby act to conceal social uncertainties.1
KeywordsYoung People Moral Panic Traditional Performance Double Decker Adult Anxiety
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- 2.Clement Scott, “The Children’s Pinafore,” The Theatre new (3rd) series 1: 38 (January 1, 1880).Google Scholar