Describing the Process of the Mexican Cyber-Moral Panic in the United States

Nadia Flores, Guadalupe Vidales, April Plemons

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In this paper, the authors introduce the "Mexican cyber-moral panic" concept. Through a qualitative content analysis of a subsample taken from 170 anti-immigrant websites, the authors also examine the internet’s role in the moral panic movement against Mexican Immigrants. Empirical evidence supports the argument that a Mexican cyber-moral panic has been reached in the U.S. and allows a theoretical extension of current moral panic formulation in the form of “a call for civil action” where donations and direct civil and political participation take place during the moral panic creation process. Additionally, a “Recycling Factory in Cyberspace” concept is introduced where reports, claims, and accusations about “folk devils” are created by a limited number of organizations and recycled via cyberspace.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Jan 2010


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