Moral panic is a feeling of fear that spreads across a larger number of people that causes some evil to be threatened for the well-being of the society. The media is the players who are involved in the dissemination of moral indignation. The creation of moral panic is an indirect phenomenon that creates a situation where the people use it threaten the social values or interests. Many variations of the moral panic involve the widespread abduction of children or belief that the predators in the society use the ritual to abuse people . Witch-hunt is commonly used to create moral panic in the society. Witch-hunt can be defined as the search for persons who are labelled as witches or evidence of conducting witch craft. These entail moral panic or mass hysteria .
The purpose of this analysis is to analyse the nuances of witch-hunt as symbols and symptoms of moral panic.
Moral panic refers to the development of sociological concept that is related to the mass reaction to a particular event. Moral panics occur when something or someone is considered as a threat to the social norms that impact or interest the community at large. The news media and members of the community depict the threat in simplistic or symbolic ways that would become recognizable to greater public. There is widespread concern that is developed by the news media portrayal of the symbolic representation of the differential threats. The authorities and policy makers respond to these threats by creating panic . The moral panic or actions are taken by the people in power because the social changes to occur in the community .