American Tabloid Media and the Satanic Panic 1970 2000

The panic was not limited to tabloid media in the United States. Areas of Canada, Great Britain, and Australia erupted in similar accusations of satanic ritual abuse.20 Reports were often delivered through each nation's respective ...


Author: Sarah A. Hughes

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030836368

Category: History

Page: 271

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This book examines the “satanic panic” of the 1980s as an essential part of the growing relationship between tabloid media and American conservative politics in the 1980s. It argues that widespread fears of Satanism in a range of cultural institutions was indispensable to the development and success of both infotainment, or tabloid content on television, and the rise of the New Right, a conservative political movement that was heavily guided by a growing coalition of influential televangelists, or evangelical preachers on television. It takes as its particular focus the hundreds of accusations that devil-worshippers were operating America’s white middle-class suburban daycare centers. Dozens of communities around the country became embroiled in trials against center owners, the most publicized of which was the McMartin Preschool trial in Manhattan Beach, California. It remains the longest and most expensive criminal trial in the nation’s history.

The Day Care Ritual Abuse Moral Panic

One of those satanic panics had to do with rock music, always the perfect patsy of conservatives and traditionalists. At the start of the decade the New Christian Right launched a fresh attack on it. It claimed that subliminal messages ...


Author: Mary de Young

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786418305

Category: Education

Page: 281

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In the United States during the early 1980s, hundreds of day care providers were accused of sexually abusing their young charges in satanic rituals that included blood drinking, cannibalism, and human sacrifice. The panic surrounding the ritual abuse of children has spread quickly to Canada, Europe, and Australasia, and its rapid dispersion has been unimpeded by international investigations that found no evidence to corroborate the allegations and warned that a moral panic was thrusting them into professional public attention. This work is a sociologically based analysis of the day care ritual abuse panic in America. It introduces the concept of moral panic and analyzes its relevance to the ritual abuse scare, explores the ideological, political, economic, and professional forces that fomented the panic, discusses the McMartin Preschool case as the incident that brought attention to satanic menaces and children, and examines the dialect between the various interest groups that stirred up and spread the moral panic and the day care providers accused of ritual abuse. Also covered are the popular culture representations of day care ritual abuse, the diffusion of the scare to areas overseas, the institutionally symbolic and ideologically contradictory social ends of the panic, and the outcomes of the panic in various settings. The book ends with a discussion of moral panic theory and how it needs to be changed for a complex, multi-mediated postmodern culture, and what lessons can be learned from the scare.

Satanic Panic

Satanic panic , probably the most dangerous urban legend of our time ... In clear , non - technical language , and drawing upon a wealth of solid data and reliable research , Victor's groundbreaking book dissects the current moral ...


Author: Jeffrey S. Victor

Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015029949578

Category: Social Science

Page: 408

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Offers a history of satanic scares since the 1960s, including a rundown of cattle mutilations, and argues that concerns over satanism are the result of runaway rumors

Sacred Drift

ABU NUWAS Satanic Panic * I quarreled with my boy — my letters came back marked " Unknown At This Address — So Bugger Off ” In solitude & tears I damply prayed — to Satan : " Weeping & insomnia have got me down to 90 pounds — don't you ...


Author: Peter Lamborn Wilson

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 0872862755

Category: Religion

Page: 188

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Peter Lamborn Wilson proposes a set of heresies, a culture of resistance, that dispels the false image of Islam as monolithic, puritan, and two-dimensional. Here is the story of the African-American noble Drew Ali, the founder of "Black Islam" in this country, and of the violent end of his struggle for "love, truth, peace, freedom, and justice." Another essay deals with Satan and "Satanism" in Esoteric Islam; and another offers a scathing critique of "Authority" and sexual misery in modern Puritanist Islam. "The Anti-caliph" evokes a hot mix of Ibn Arabi's tantric mysticism and the revolutionary teachings of the "Assassins." The title essay, "Sacred Drift," roves through the history and poetics of Sufi travel, from Ibn Khaldun to Rimbaud in Abyssinia to the Situationists. A "Romantic" view of Islam is taken to radical extremes; the exotic may not be "True," but it's certainly a relief from academic propaganda and the obscene banality of simulation. Peter Lamborn Wilson lives in New York and works for Semiotext(e) magazine, Pacifica Radio, and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A long decade in the Orient (1968-1981) inspires his writing, including The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry and Scandal: Essays in Islamic Heresy.

You Are Here

Satan ? " in Satanic Panic : Pop - Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s , ed . Kier - La Janisse and Paul Corupe ( Surrey : FAB Press , 2015 ) , 13–18 . 38. Marcello Truzzi , " The Occult Revival as Popular Culture : Some Random Observations ...


Author: Whitney Phillips

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262361378

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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How to understand a media environment in crisis, and how to make things better by approaching information ecologically. Our media environment is in crisis. Polarization is rampant. Polluted information floods social media. Even our best efforts to help clean up can backfire, sending toxins roaring across the landscape. In You Are Here, Whitney Phillips and Ryan Milner offer strategies for navigating increasingly treacherous information flows. Using ecological metaphors, they emphasize how our individual me is entwined within a much larger we, and how everyone fits within an ever-shifting network map.

Satan s Silence

Victor, Satanic Panic, p. 9. Robert D. Hicks, In Pursuit of Satan: The Police and the Occult (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1991), p. 119. Richardson, Best, Bromley, “Satanism as a Social Problem,” p. 7; Russell, “The Historical Satan ...


Author: Debbie Nathan

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595189557

Category: Social Science

Page: 338

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Communities throughout the United States were convulsed in the 1980s and early 1990s by accusations, often without a shred of serious evidence, that respectable men and women in their midst—many of them trusted preschool teachers—secretly gathered in far reaching conspiracies to rape and terrorize children. In this powerful book, Debbie Nathan and Mike Snedeker examine the forces fueling this blind panic.

Children of Lucifer

Wright, In de ban van Satan, 58. 124. On the role of the media, see Richardson, Best, and Bromley, “Satanism as a Social Problem,” 12; Victor, Satanic Panic, 253–255. On “cult cops” and police involvement in spreading the Satanism Scare ...


Author: Ruben van Luijk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190275105

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 633

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Satanism adopts Satan, the Judeo-Christian representative of evil, as an object of veneration. This work explores the historical origins of this extraordinary 'antireligion.'

Palgrave Advances in Witchcraft Historiography

56–75; Victor, Satanic Panic, pp. 355–61. J. Best, 'Endangered Children and Antisatanist Rhetoric', in Richardson, Best and Bromley, The Satanism Scare; P. Jenkins, Intimate Enemies: Moral Panics in Contemporary Great Britain (New York: ...


Author: J. Barry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230593480

Category: History

Page: 248

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This is the first book to offer a detailed modern survey of Witchcraft historiography. By using a broad chronological structure, from contemporary responses through to modern day, the book draws on contributions from a range of leading experts in the field to provide a much-needed overview of the area.

Satan in America

This classic work was updated in order to include discussion of the " satanic panic . " Jean La Fontaine examines the ways in which the panic became a transatlantic witch hunt in Speak of the Devil : Tales of Satanic Abuse in ...


Author: W. Scott Poole

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742561712

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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Satan in America tells the story of America's complicated relationship with the devil. "New light" evangelists of the eighteenth century, enslaved African Americans, demagogic politicians, and modern American film-makers have used the devil to damn their enemies, explain the nature of evil and injustice, mount social crusades, construct a national identity, and express anxiety about matters as diverse as the threat of war to the dangers of deviant sexuality. W. Scott Poole's book shows that both the range and the scope of American religiousness made theological evil an especially potent symbol. Satan appears repeatedly on the political, religious, and cultural landscape of the United States, a shadow self to the sunny image of American progress and idealism.

The Myth of Moral Panics

SATANIC. PANIC. Goode and Ben-Yehuda maintain that “on the whole, believers of the Satanism tale”, were “largely fundamentalist Christians” who lived “in rural areas or small towns, and tended to have rather low levels of education” ...


Author: Bill Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135083595

Category: Social Science

Page: 375

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This study provides a comprehensive critique - forensic, historical, and theoretical - of the moral panic paradigm, using empirically grounded ethnographic research to argue that the panic paradigm suffers from fundamental flaws that make it a myth rather than a viable academic perspective.