Readers, I am really enjoying the new book Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham, “Bad For You: Exposing the War on Fun!” It’s a comic book…er…graphic depiction of everything from products for panicked parents (like the Thudguard helmet for toddlers), to the rise of plastic playgrounds, to the “danger” of Dungeons and Dragons. (And before that — the danger of chess! For real!) Here’s the Bad for You website, and, below, just a little taste of the book. Voila its explanation of:
THE MORAL PANIC MEDIA CYCLE
The graphic (part of a whole page of these) begins: “New technology is introduced and becomes popular. Reporters and editors at media outlets search for ‘angles’ on stories that will grab readers…”
And here’s the book’s trailer!