Volume 90, Issue 67

Thursday, January 23, 1997



Gazette reporting blamed

Re: Mr. Hannon was not justified, Jan. 14

To the Editor:

On Nov. 12, 1996, the Arts Students' Council organized an event called "The Scandal Script - The Media and Moral Panic." Former Ryerson Polytechnical University journalism professor Gerald Hannon gave a talk and answered questions. The documentary "After the Bath," made by award-winning filmmaker John Greyson, was then shown. There were more questions after the film.

On Jan. 14, 1997, The Gazette published a letter from Mr. Edward Kiernan. Mr. Kiernan condemns the Arts Students' Council for organizing such an event. Mr. Kiernan was not at the event. So I can only conclude that his reaction was not to the talk (because he wasn't there) but to the media report.

So, a newspaper report incites someone to write letters and stand up at council meetings. I think this is a lucid example of how the media does, in fact, create moral panic.
Kevin Hehir
President, Arts Students' Council

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