What does this moral panic quote mean asI understand the first part but not the last.A condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and...

What does this moral panic quote mean as
I understand the first part but not the last.

A condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests; its nature is presented in a stylized and stereotypical fashion by the mass media; the moral barricades are manned by editors, bishops, politicians and other right-thinking people; socially accredited experts pronounce their diagnoses and solutions; ways of coping are evolved or (more often) resorted to; the condition then disappears, submerges or deteriorates and becomes more visible" (Cohen 9).

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If you use the idea of gay marriage to look at this quote, it has currently been defined as a threat to societal values.  The media has presented it in a stereotypical fashion in that the couple could then influence others to follow gay marriage also.  The moral barricades against this threat to our morality have certainly been used by the bishops of Christian religions, politicians in this election, and others who think the "right way" on this issue.  Newspapers or church bulletins are used to promote "right thinking" and experts propose solutions. Since several states already have approved gay marriage, solutions have evolved in those states which others are watching.  If gay marriage is approved in several more states, the issue will be seen as less of a threat and more of a normal way of life.  Thus, gay marriage will submerge into society, become more visible, but no longer will be seen as a threat to our societal values.  I hope the use of this current moral issue will be helpful in understanding this quote.

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