The work is significant for the research undertaken. The research wants to find out the ways that moral panics are enhanced because of connections. Media and people connectivity enhance panic. However, the research shows clearly that all such messages cannot be rejected as moral panic. Touching upon the work of Cohen, the author clearly differentiates between the moral panic that can exist using historical contemporary examples.
Then using the issue of pedophiles has attempted to present how sometimes even moral panics end up highlighting taking proactive steps in fighting pedophilia related adversities. Moral panics in fact could step from many existing events and hence the fear raised cannot be rejected simply.
Stanley Cohen is considered as the person who brought the term moral panics into greater discussion in social sciences. His work has its roots in the sociology of deviance. The book Folk Devils and Moral Panics is a comprehensive discussion of moral panics (Cohen, 2002).
The work is connected to the course on contemporary communication technologies, as it does present how some social problems before connectivist technologies came to be were passed onto the internet age also. A social problem is just as much a social problem whether it is on the internet or whether it is on a physical public space. This work illustrates the point.
Firstly, author presents the more classic moral panics that have been there for ages. These are moral panics that are seen to be present over the years. Secondly, there are some reflective contexts to consider, especially how short term reactions have an effect and how long term reactions and reflections will help control moral panics. A meta level view on moral panics is hence available here. The work of Cohen presents the psychology of moral panics and the different ways that it can manifest. Moral panics are understood differently in the connected architecture. However, it is essential for the researcher to first acquaint oneself to how moral panic was discussed in the social space. The work guides the researcher with this more classical understanding of moral panics.