“A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society.”
Moral panic is very easily related to mods as there rivalry with the rockers really did cause a lot of moral panic, The general public where shaken and worried by the Mods vs Rockers rivalry.
This wasn’t helped by the fact that all the news company jump onto any unrest and they create the main reason for moral panic as the general public would belief anything they saw published on the news.
Media coverage of mods and rockers fighting in 1964 sparked a moral panic about British youths, and the two groups became labelled as folk devils.
The rocker subculture was centred on motorcycling, and their appearance reflected that. Rockers generally wore protective clothing such as black leather jackets and motorcycle boots (although they sometimes wore brothel creeper shoes). The common rocker hairstyle was a pompadour, while their music genre of choice was 1950s rock and roll, played by artists like Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, and Bo Diddley. The mod subculture was centred on fashion and music, and many mods rode scooters. Mods wore suits and other cleancut outfits, and preferred 1960s music genres such as soul, rhythm and blues, ska, beat music, and British blues-rooted bands like The Who, The Yardbirds, and The Small Faces.
This is an example of a news article after one of the mods and rockers up raw.As you can see the have heavily demonised the mods and rockers hence the term “folk devils”.
The way the teen cultures where spoken about made them seem like unruly and violent people.The term “wild ones” was used to refer to them and makes them seem very scary and intimidating to the general public so this created Moral Panic.