"The rush to invade Iraq had elements of social hysteria. After an event like 9/11, fear took hold and Saddam Hussein was inflated to a sort of witch-like mythical figure who was weeks away from launching attacks on America. The lack of questioning of the war could be seen as a sort of social hysteria."
Hysteria describes unmanageable emotional excesses. People who are "hysterical" often lose self-control due to an overwhelming fear that may be caused by multiple events in one’s past that involved some sort of severe conflict; the fear can be centered on a body part, or, most commonly, on an imagined problem with that body part.
The term also occurs in the phrase mass hysteria to describe mass public near-panic reactions. It is commonly applied to the waves of popular medical problems that "everyone gets" in response to news articles. A similar usage refers to any sort of "public wave" phenomenon, and has been used to describe the periodic widespread reappearance and public interest in UFO reports, crop circles, and similar examples. Hysteria was often associated with events like the Salem Witch Trials, or slave revolt conspiracies, where it is better understood through the related sociological term of moral panic.
Japan and America agree to put giant fighting robots into battle 2015-07-06 20:02 Japan's Suidobashi accepts MegaBots' challenge of a duel, paving the way for robot wars on a grand scale
It's the moment we've all been waiting for: two giant fighting robots - one Japanese and one American - will square off in a melee one year from now.
That is, if the robots' two owners keep their word.
Last week, MegaBots, an American ...
Hillary Clinton is coming to Kansas City for the National Council of La Raza conference 2015-07-06 20:17
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak to the National Council of La Raza annual conference in Kansas City later this month.
The former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady is scheduled to appear at the conference at the Kansas City Convention Center on Monday, July 13.
â€œWe are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the ...
Fires at Black Churches Do Not Appear to Be Linked, Racially Motivated: ATF 2015-07-06 20:44
A string of fires at black churches in Southern states have sparked concerns that racial friction has spiked in the aftermath of the racially-motivated mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Federal fire investigators are combing through the remains say they do not have enough evidence on hand to determine that the scattered incidents were racial attacks against the ...
As Greece Falls, Will Those With Gardens Survive? 2015-07-06 19:35
Greeks don't want austerity, but the future is bleak and unknown.
As of Friday, grocery shelves were being stripped bare of staple cooking goods, and pharmacies ran out of crucial medicines like thyroxine (thyroid treatment). More than half of those items are imported, but with banking plugs, companies are unable to pay suppliers. Things are frozen; stopped, and tens of thousands ...