What is the dominant
representation of youth that is being
In 2005 40% of newspaper
coverage featuring young
people focused on
violence, crime or anti-social
Were certain images, video clips, adjectives recycled frequently in the press and on TV
What connotations did these attach to British youth?
Could we argue that the coverage was talking up the disturbances into a moral panic?
Making Links to Stanley Cohen
• Link to 1960’s mods and rockers – Cohen argued the
media talked up the disturbances into a bigger moral
• Buckingham argues that;
• the media didn’t simply mis-represent what
• Moral panics are not simply ‘irrational’ responses
• Media stereotypes are never simply inaccurate: they
always contain a grain of truth.
• In the case of the London riots the coverage reflected a
more general fear of young people (and especially
working-class young people)
Do you agree with Buckingham?
Is there evidence from texts that we’ve already looked at that
this ‘fear’ already exists and the media coverage simply
Can we link in Acland’s theory about representations reflecting
adult concerns and anxieties?