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Moral panic about comic books in the '50s

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Published on May 20, 2010

This video excerpt from a comic-book documentary highlights the ridiculous moral panic that overtook the U.S. in the 1950s about comic books. The utter absurdity of the concern is identical to the hysteria going on today about the nonexistent so-called "childhood weight epidemic."

Every few decades, it seems, the public needs to create a fictional crisis about youth, then start behaving like witch-hunters of the Middle Ages in trying to address it.

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