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  • 1. This was a homework I set to investigate the representation of teens in two media texts. If you didn’t do it, you should: this is the basis of your case study. Exploring representations of teens in……………. Pick one or two programmes/ films At least one MUST be contemporary (last few years) You might compare to something older Watch and make notes/ analyse. Use the questions below to help. Write 3-4 paragraphs for the first section of questions. Write 1 (or 2) paragraphs for the second section Section 1 – Analysing the representations  What narratives and discourses of teenhood are constructed by…? (narratives = what teenagers do; discourses = the language of teenagers (what they speak about; the topics they are concerned with; how they speak) o E.g. Skins constructs narratives and discourses of sex, drugs, incompetent parents, hedonism, self-hate, homosexuality…  How are teens represented?  How are teens represented as homogenous/ heterogenous? Is their a singularity or plurality in the representation?  What ideologies are constructed around teens?  Are stereotypical representations perpetuated/ used/ challenged in the programme/ film?  Are the representations hegemonic representations? (Do they reinforce conventional views of teens? Do they reinforce the dominant ideology?) Or do they construct an alternative/ subversive representation?  How could these terms be adapted or used to explore the representation: conformity; ‘cult of femininity’; false sisterhood; socialisation; solidarity and unity; fragmented; constructed certitude?  Is the representation positive/ negative?  Does the representation create/ exploit people’s fears about teenagers? (Moral Panics/ Folk Devils)  Are the teens represented as victims?  How is sexuality/ gender/ race/ social tribe/ consumerism/ ambition/ society represented as being central to teen identity? Section 2 – Analysing the Audience  Who is the audience?  How wide/ big is the audience?  How are audiences actively engaging with the programme? (Find out about fansites/ fan-art/ fan-fiction)  How does the programme encourage audience engagement?  Are there other media products/ spin-offs/ merchandise that audiences can use to ‘buy in’ to the brand/ the programme?  What does the programme offer audiences? How does it offer identification/ aspiration/ escapism/ socialisation?  Is the audience niche or mass? Is it mainstream or alternative?  How does the programme position the audience? Does it speak directly to them? Does it use irony? Does it  How do audiences respond to the messages/ ideologies of the text?