The Cannibal on Bus 1170: Rethinking Moral Panics

January 11, 2019

Featured Member: Heidi Rimke,

“The Cannibal on Bus 1170: Rethinking Moral Panics” features Sociologist Dr. Heidi Rimke of the University of Winnipeg who explains the Tim McLean cannibal murder and the negative social reaction that followed. The film examines the classical top-down moral panic and contrasts this with a new, bottom-up reconceptualization that places social media (from Twitter, through Facebook to YouTube) at the centre of the public outcry. A ‘bloodlust’ moral panic from below erupted when Vince Li was found not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder of schizophrenia.

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