Contemporary Media Representations of Youth

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Contemporary Media Representations of Youth

  1. 1. CONTEMPORARY MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF YOUTH LESSON OBJECTIVES: TO BE ABLE LE TO EXPLAIN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS AND YOUTH COLLECTIVE IDENTITY.
  2. 2. COLLECTIVE IDENTITY & YOUTH What makes youth a collective identity?
  3. 3. MEDIA & COLLECTIVE IDENTITY What is the relationship between media and collective identities? Does the media reflect identities, construct identities, misrepresent identities? Consider how you could apply relevant theorists (e.g. Gauntlett, Gerbner, etc.).
  4. 4. MEDIA TEXTS AND COLLECTIVE IDENTITY Media How are young people represented? Specific examples Links to theory Implications
  5. 5. NEWSPAPERS Media British Newspapers – ‘Hoodies or Altar Boys’ Study 2009 How are young people represented? Specific examples Links to theory Implications
  6. 6. FILM Media Film – Hoodie Cinema, e.g. ‘Harry Brown’ (2009) How are young people represented? Specific examples Links to theory Implications
  7. 7. FILM Media Film – ‘Attack the Block’ (2011) How are young people represented? Specific examples Links to theory Implications
  8. 8. TELEVISION Media Television – ‘Misfits’ (2009-2013) How are young people represented? Specific examples Links to theory Implications
  9. 9. EXAM QUESTION
  10. 10. COLLECTIVE IDENTITY ESSAY LESSON OBJECTIVES: TO PLAN AN ESSAY EXPLAINING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MEDIA AND COLLECTIVE IDENTITY.
  11. 11. ASSESSMENT CRITERIA o Make connection o Coherent argument o Balance of theory and texts o Personal engagement o Reference to history and the future o Use of theory o Terminology You MUST refer to at least two types of media. You must refer to historical and contemporary representations.
  12. 12. EXAMINER’S REPORT
  13. 13. ARGUMENT What argument could you make about the relationship between media representations and youth collective identity? Gauntlett - popular media has a significant but not entirely straightforward relationship with people’s sense of identity. Identities are complex constructions. - Media plays some role in shaping our understanding. Youth collective identity constructed by Media? Media representations represent ‘youth as trouble’ – challenging hegemony. Some theorists argue these representations actually reinforce hegemony. Media representations construct youth collective identity – how do young people relate to those representations?
  14. 14. STRUCTURE Introduction – outline focus and state argument. Historical representations – one paragraph on 1950s JD movies – juvenile delinquency – offers pleasures of rebellion – sympathetic – reinforces hegemony. Contemporary media – newspapers Contemporary film – Hoodie cinema – Harry Brown – contrast with Attack the Block Contemporary TV – Misfits Conclusion – sum up argument – what is the significance of media representations of young people? – how does this relate to collective identity? How do you think media representations of young people will change or stay the same over time.

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