Contemporary Media Representations of Youth


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Contemporary Media Representations of Youth

  1. 1. Contemporary Media Representation of Youth
  2. 2. Scenes From a Teenage Killing - BBC4
  3. 3. <ul><li>Most common words used to describe young people in British newspapers in 2008 were yobs, thugs, sick, feral, hoodie, louts, evil, frightening, scum. </li></ul><ul><li>Over half the newspaper stories about teenage boys relate to crime. </li></ul><ul><li>Representations of young people in ‘Harry Brown’, ‘Eden Lake’, ‘Fish Tank’, and ‘Misfits’ need to be understood in this context. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background Reading <ul><li>Read through one of the articles on the films or TV programmes. </li></ul><ul><li>What points are made about the representation of young people? </li></ul><ul><li>Why might the writer have this perspective? </li></ul><ul><li>Identify useful quotes from the article. </li></ul>
  5. 5. ‘ Harry Brown’ <ul><li>Watch the opening sequence of ‘Harry Brown’. </li></ul><ul><li>What signifiers are used to construct representations of young people? </li></ul><ul><li>How realistic do you think this representation is? </li></ul><ul><li>What key ideas are associated with young people in the film? </li></ul><ul><li>How is authority represented? </li></ul>
  6. 6. ‘ Fish Tank’ <ul><li>Watch the opening sequence of ‘Fish Tank’. </li></ul><ul><li>What ideas are used to introduce the characters. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the similarities and differences between the opening sequences? </li></ul>
  7. 7. ‘ Misfits’ <ul><li>What ideas are associated with teenagers in ‘Misfits’? </li></ul><ul><li>How are adults represented? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>‘ Harry Brown’ and ‘Eden Lake’ both draw on middle class anxieties about out of control ‘feral’ youth, reflected in newspaper coverage of young people. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Eden Lake’ uses this anxiety to create a horror film in which the monster is a gang of teenagers. It reflects the fear of young people prevalent in our society. </li></ul><ul><li>In contrast ‘Harry Brown’ employs the same anxiety to construct a fantasy in which an adult avenger punishes young people. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Whereas in ‘Eden Lake’ middles class adults are tortured by teenagers, in ‘Harry Brown’ working class teenagers are tortured and killed by a ‘respectable’ adult. </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast the different roles played by Jack O’Connell in the two films. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>‘ Fish Tank’ represents young people in a similar ‘broken Britain’ context, but is more sympathetic to them. </li></ul><ul><li>The behaviour of the characters is less extreme/exaggerated – no torturing and general mayhem. </li></ul><ul><li>Issue of genre/audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Mia is seen more as a victim. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>‘ Misfits’ again uses the same imagery to construct its representations but does so in a more sympathetic way. </li></ul><ul><li>Teenagers – superheroes. </li></ul><ul><li>Teenage perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Adult characters comical/monstrous. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Almost all teenage characters in representations are clearly working class. </li></ul><ul><li>Main adult characters tend to be middle class. </li></ul><ul><li>Representations may be said to reflect middle class anxiety at threat of working class to their hegemonic dominance. </li></ul><ul><li>Is one of the functions of these representations to maintain hegemony? </li></ul><ul><li>Who produces this representations? Why? </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>In all the representations parents/families are represented negatively. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Eden Lake’ – violent, compared to teen gang. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Harry Brown’ – families complicit in teen violence. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Fish Tank’ – representation of the mother. </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Misfits’ – family largely absent (apart from Nathan’s mum who kicks him out). </li></ul>
  14. 14. Media Effects <ul><li>What effect do these media representations have? </li></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Do media representations of young people effect how they are perceived? </li></ul><ul><li>If so how does this effect occur? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hypodermic model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivation theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultivation Theory (15) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. Analysis <ul><li>Whose perspective is dominant in each of the texts? </li></ul><ul><li>What do the representations have in common? </li></ul><ul><li>How are the representations different? </li></ul><ul><li>How are parental figures represented? </li></ul><ul><li>How important is social class? </li></ul>
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