Contemporary Media Representations of Young People

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Contemporary Media Representations of Young People

  1. 1. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  2. 2. Choose three words to describe the young people in therepresentations we have studied.
  3. 3. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  4. 4. TextRepresentation How are young people represented?of YouthKey Points What is the significance of the representation? You may want to consider the issue of social class.Theory Which theorists can you discuss in relation to the representationsAdditional Can you link your discussion to any articles we looked at.ReferencesLesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  5. 5. ‘Eden Lake’ (2008)Text ‘Eden Lake’ (2008)Representation Extreme representation of young people as violent and sadistic. Youngof Youth people clearly represented as working class. Use of horror genre conventions to represent young people as horror film ‘monster’.Key Points Very negative representation of working class young people, plays on middle class fears.Theory Gramsci – hegemony; Giroux – empty category; Acland – deviant youths reinforce hegemony; Philo – middle class anxiety; Wood – normality and monsters.Additional Hoodie Cinema article.ReferencesLesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  6. 6. ‘Harry Brown’ (2009)Text ‘Harry Brown’ (2009)Representation Stereotypical and very negative representation of young people as violentof Youth criminals who are a threat to social order and safety of ‘normal’ people.Key Points Very negative representation of working class young people. Middle class fantasy or punishing working class youth.Theory Gramsci – hegemony; Giroux – empty category; Acland – deviant youths reinforce hegemony; Philo – middle class anxiety.Additional Hoodie Cinema article.ReferencesLesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  7. 7. ‘Attack the Block’ (2011)Text ‘Attack the Block’ (2011)Representation Begins with stereotypical hoodie representations, young people as criminal.of Youth Representation becomes more sympathetic as we get to know the youths.Key Points Representation challenges the stereotypical representation of working class youth. Resolves class tensions with middle class adult character.Theory Gramsci – hegemony; Dyer- entertainment and utopia.Additional Joe Cornish interview – challenging contemporary media representations ofReferences young people.Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  8. 8. TextRepresentation How are young people represented?of YouthKey Points What is the significance of the representation? You may want to consider the issue of social class.Theory Which theorists can you discuss in relation to the representationsAdditional Can you link your discussion to any articles we looked at.References
  9. 9. ‘Misfits’ (2009-)Text ‘Misfits’ (2009-)Representation Use negative stereotypes (ASBO, chavs) and subverts them. Use ofof Youth superhero trope to make the representation more positive. Young people more sympathetic. Perspective of young characters.Key Points Challenges negative representations. Shown on channel aimed at youth audience.Theory Gramsci – hegemony; Wearing – negative discourse about social class.Additional Misfits article – part of a wider trend of media representations of theReferences underclass.
  10. 10. ‘People Like Us’ (2013)Text ‘People Like Us’ (2013)Representation Use of negative stereotypes – benefits, single mothers, deprivation, but mayof Youth encourage viewers to sympathise with characters.Key Points Focus on lower class youths from a middle class perspective. Reinforces class prejudice.Theory Gramsci – hegemony; Giroux – empty category.Additional Guardian article – ‘People Like Us’ as ‘poverty porn’.References
  11. 11. ‘Hoodies or Altar Boys’ Report (2009)Text ‘Hoodies or Altar Boys’ Report (2009)Representation How are young people represented?of YouthKey Points What is the significance of the representation? You may want to consider the issue of social class.Theory Which theorists can you discuss in relation to the representationsAdditional Can you link your discussion to any articles we looked at.ReferencesLesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  12. 12. ‘Hoodies or Altar Boys’ Report (2009)Text ‘Hoodies or Altar Boys’ Report (2009)Representation Found that most news stories about teenage boys were negative andof Youth usually in relation to crime. Words used to describe teenage boys in newspapers include yob, scum, feral, inhuman, monster.Key Points Negative media representations are making people fearful of teenagers.Theory Althusser; Acland; Gerbner – cultivation theory; Cohen – moral panic; Hebdige – hegemony.AdditionalReferencesLesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  13. 13. How might you answer this exam question?Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  14. 14. • Refer to at least two types of media. • Answer must be relevant to the question. • Make connections. • Clear argument. • Balance of theory and texts. • Personal engagement. • Discussion of past, present, and future. • Terminology.Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  15. 15. Media and Collective Identity Mark Scheme
  16. 16. Media and Collective Identity Mark Scheme
  17. 17. Essay Structure Introduction Begin with a quote. State focus (social group, texts) and argument. Historical ‘Made in Britain’ (1982)/’The Wild One’ (1953) Media Area 1 - Newspapers Media Area 2 - Film (Media Area 3) - Television Conclusion Sum up your argument, give your opinions, make a prediction for the future.Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  18. 18. Introduction Henry A Giroux argues in media representations ‘youth becomes an empty category’ reflecting the concerns of adults. • media representations of youth serve the purpose of the middle class adults who produce them • media representation of youth reinforce hegemony • identify textsLesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  19. 19. Historical Representations Media representations of young people have always tended to be negative, e.g. ‘The Wild One’ (1953) shows a motorcycle gang terrorising a small town. ‘Made in Britain’ (1982) focused on a delinquent, anti-social youth. Both representations reflect anxieties of middle class adult society, in relation to the threat to hegemony posed by young people.Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  20. 20. Newspapers ‘Hoodies or Altar Boys’ 2009 study Giroux – constructed by adults. Gramsci/Acland – negative representations reinforce hegemony, ideology of protection. Althusser – media as ideological state apparatus. Cohen – moral panic – ‘clarify moral boundaries’. Gerbner – cultivation theory.Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  21. 21. Film Hoodie Cinema article Eden Lake/Harry Brown – negative, extreme, middle class fear of working class youth. Giroux – constructed by adults. Gramsci/Acland – negative representations reinforce hegemony, ideology of protection. Wood – normality and monsters. Attack the Block Challenges stereotypes – Dyer (utopia).Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  22. 22. Television ‘Misfits’/’People Like Us’ Uses negative stereotypes. More sympathetic/less extreme – aimed at youth audiences, shown on youth broadcasters. Giroux – constructed by adults.Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  23. 23. Conclusion Sum up argument – As I have shown most media representations of young people are negative. This is because they reflect the concerns of their middle class producers, and as a result usually reinforce hegemony… More positive representations can be found on television channels aimed at younger people. The effect of media representations of young people is… In the future I believe…(social media, young people can construct their own representations – Student Fees protests, power of mass media).Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.
  24. 24. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain how young people arerepresented in contemporary media, and apply relevant theory.Choose one theory you can apply to the one of these representations.

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