#268 – Suicide CCLXVIII – Deviancy Amplification Spiral

     Deviancy amplification spiral (also simply called deviance amplification) is a media hype phenomenon defined by media critics as a cycle of increasing numbers of reports on a category of anti-social behavior, or some other “undesirable” event, leading to a moral panic. The term was coined in 1972 by Stanley Cohen in his book, “Folk Devils and Moral Panics”.

     According to Cohen, the spiral starts with some “deviant” act. Usually the deviance is criminal, but it can also involve lawful acts considered morally repugnant by a large segment of society. With the new focus on the issue, hidden or borderline examples that would not themselves have been newsworthy are reported, confirming the “pattern”.

     Reported cases of such “deviance” are often presented as just “the ones we know about” or the “tip of the iceberg”, an assertion that is nearly impossible to disprove immediately. For a variety of reasons, the less sensational aspects of the spiraling story that would help the public keep a rational perspective (such as statistics showing that the behavior or event is actually less common or less harmful than generally believed) tend to be ignored by the press.

     As a result, minor problems begin to look serious and rare events begin to seem common. Members of the public are motivated to keep informed on these events, leading to high readership for the stories, feeding the spiral. The resulting publicity has the potential to increase the deviant behavior by glamorizing it, or by making it seem common or acceptable. In the next stage, public concern about crime typically forces the police and the law enforcement system to focus more resources on dealing with the specific deviancy than it warrants.

     Judges and magistrates then come under public pressure to deal out harsher sentences and politicians pass new laws to increase their popularity by giving the impression that they are dealing with the perceived threat. The responses by those in authority tend to reinforce the public’s fear, while the media continue to report police and other law enforcement activity, amplifying the spiral.

     The theory does not contend that moral panics always include the deviancy amplification spiral. In modern times, however, media involvement is usual in any moral panic, making the spiral fairly common.


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8 comments for “#268 – Suicide CCLXVIII – Deviancy Amplification Spiral

  1. stirnermax
    April 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Ain’t nobody surprised about anything anymore…the uncle who entreated his nephews to turn themselves in…former employee of Halliburton and of a known CIA front, USAID…




    23 Skidoo, indeed.

    • manapples
      April 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Here is my take thus far:

      The “security state” is the one and only entity that benefits in any way from all of these ‘attacks’. As far as who dunnit and why, for these individual incidents –

      The game Clue wants an answer, “Col. Mustard did it with a candlestick in the library”. So many people want that kind of answer for these events. Not only do I not think there is an answer like that to be found, within each individual pageant, I think these individual pageants are designed to include all players, all weapons and all motives. Keep everyone scattered. The point is to divide and conquer. To make people feel uneasy and unsafe at all times.

      Did you ever hear this podcast I did a few years back?

      This piece is crucial. A huge chunk of what we know about JFK, comes from the Zapruder Film. It’s fuck’d 10 different ways from Thursday and was never seen by WeeFolk for 14 years after the fact . . . .

      This guy goes on and on about Jews, if you can stomach that non-sense and look at his visual stuff for Jackie Kennedy squeezing off a shot . . . . .


      . . . . you’ll see that the evidence that she did it, is just as compelling as the evidence for the limo driver doing it, which is just as compelling as the evidence that the tramps on the grassy knoll did it, which is just as compelling as the evidence that there was a shooter in the storm drain at street level, which is just as compelling as the evidence that Lee Harvey did it from the SBDepo. . . .

      They have been at this for a while. They’ve gotten so good at it, it’s pretty clear now.

      MK Ultra. The MK is for Mind Kontrol. Everyone is hip to that. The -Ultra- part is their “point” . . . .

      • m3rcuryj3n
        May 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        yea-eh ye-aah!
        (w a AMEN on the side, brother)
        Never disappointed, jacob..

        you make me sit a little straighter, every time..

        btw, heres a reference to my previous allegation about the (so effin sad, believe me, im not at all happy bout this.. but the guy whose film was stolen is on the record here w hiscside of the story.. LARS HANNSON

        (i erroneously thought his first name was CHRIS … as i CHRIS HANNSON to catch a predator de de deeee..)

        • manapples
          May 14, 2013 at 1:22 PM


          Downloading Lars now. Thank You . . . .

  2. April 27, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    I agree with you about all the pageants being played to divide and distract. I Divide-and-CONCUR. 😉 The whatever-you-wanna-call-“THEM” are deliberately feeding every form of media, every form of disinformation you can think of. Intentionally botched photos, as well as the mistakes and blundering by the players on TV news are also part of the trap. All by design. Order through Chaos.

    Remember Grupp’s article and show about the “NWO” wanting the “NWO” to fail? I think maybe that could be what’s happening. I have been noticing a popular alt. media talking point lately has been the “we’re winning, People aren’t buying the official story anymore”-type rhetoric. Like they defeated their mysterious,ominous enemy..

    MK Ultra has probably evolved into MK Mega ,but called something undetectable i’m sure. One thing’s for certain, there will always be chaos…

    ….Like this drunken post. I’m bringin’ the Chaos! and dropping off this bit of potential Suicide material, or at least potential comedy relief, which potentially may be totally offensive…lol.
    Here: http://youtu.be/lKDeyuM0-Og

    • manapples
      April 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Grupp is the man.
      Well stated.
      I just got done watching that Hitler bit last night.
      Great Minds . . . .

      • m3rcuryj3n
        May 9, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        btw, reminds me… ever see “drunk history nicola tesla”
        my bookmarked link is dead…

        fyi-as a tesla geek-i-zoid i never laughed so hard
        the end, about the pigeon,
        may have made me pee a little..
        off the record


        • manapples
          May 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

          I check out Drunk Histories when they cross my path, haven’t seen that one though. Checking it out now. Thanks again!

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