Moral Panics

Games Columns

'Hotline Miami' Showed the Futility of Ultra-Violence as Critique

After a decade of games asking what kind of person commits video game violence, returning to Hotline shows that we need new questions.
Cameron Kunzelman
8.2.19
High Wire

Why Trump Probably Won't Crack Down on Pot

The same dense, diffuse media environment that propelled the self-proclaimed groper to victory makes it tough for old-school drug panics to take over America—even if Attorney General Jeff Sessions hates weed.
Maia Szalavitz
3.17.17
Longreads Or Whatever

The World's Most Dangerous Game: Pokémon's Strange History with Moral Panics

For over 20 years, Pokémon has been a scapegoat for crises social, political, and even spiritual.
Lana Polansky
9.4.16
Gaming

The World's Most Dangerous Game: Pokémon's Strange History with Moral Panics

For over 20 years, Pokémon has been a scapegoat for crises social, political, and even spiritual.
Lana Polansky
9.4.16
Stuff

America Needs to Break Its Addiction to Fear

Why are we always in the grips of some panic?
Harry Cheadle
10.27.14
News

We're Really Starting to Panic About Heroin in America

Politicians and law enforcement are losing their shit, but a moral panic over any kind of drug use is usually a bad thing that hurts everyone involved—except the prison-industrial complex, of course.
Michael Tracey
6.9.14
News

Why Do Local Governments Want to Treat Ice Cream Men Like Criminals?

Thanks to American paranoia, many ice cream truck drivers are getting fingerprinted.
Charles Davis
4.30.14
Stuff

Teens Are Abandoning April Fools' Pranks for a Dangerous Drink Called "Foolio"

The potentially deadly concoction often contains horse blood, whiskey, and fennel.
Eugene P. Darling
4.1.14