21 November 2012Negative Representations of Teens LO: to understand & explore negative representations of teenagers
STARTER How are teenagersrepresented negatively? Why?
Teenagers: The History• Created as a social group in the 1950s after the war• Before, had dressed & acted like their parents, listened to the same music, etc• Creation of a moral panic• Teenagers were and are a „scapegoat‟ – fears about family breakdown, violence in society, consumerism• This worked as teenagers couldn‟t fight back – and adults had a villain to blame!
Teenagers: The History• Teens are often represented negatively in the media – simply because they have their own culture (values and behaviour) – that threatens the established adult culture they have created• And their representation reflects and make us fear them• This hasn‟t changed in 60 years!
Dick Hebdige’s Subculture Theory• He is best known for his influential book in subcultural studies, Subculture: The Meaning of Style (1979)• He stipulated that teens are represented in two ways – “teens as trouble” – “teens as fun”
Feedback• How has the representation of teenagers changed? (or has it?) – what evidence from the texts is there to support your views?
TASK• Pairs/trios – annotate the newspaper covers of how teens were represented in the riots of Aug 2011 – focus on lexis (language used), framing, colours, fonts, amount of cover space used, etc – how has this representation been constructed? mediated?• Feedback to the class
PLENARYBBC‟s Newsnight with David Starkey, discussing the riotsand causes• What are the differing views on youth in this clip?• Why do these different people have differing views on how youth are?• How else could this clip be used for analysing ethnic representation?