Evaluation question 2: How does your media product
represent particular social groups?
The stereotypical teenagers of today
The media today viewsteenagers through a negative stand point. This is done by
pushing the negative events that can occurin teenage lifestyles in to the limelight.
Examples of this are: stabbings, shootings or crimes in general. This influences the
public’s opinion and makes people believe that all teenagers behave in this way.
Furthermore the media tends to only present male teenagers in this way as the majority
of teenage crimes are committed by males
Social groups in my Title sequence
Throughout my title sequence social groups don’t tend to play a factorin categorising
different characters. Howeverrace is the major factor,whichseparates different
characters in to different categories.
The representation of white teenager
In my title sequence the protagonist is a whiteteenager whois presented as passive to
the audience. This is indicative through his actions such as: he doesn’t seem to have any
friends or family and he tends to appear unhappy. This is also further reinforced
through the high angle shot on the left. This shot shows a blackteenager holding the
protagonist’s college IDcard. The use of the high angle shows that the protagonist is in
danger, which indicates that he is the victim. This also followsthe stereotypical
viewpointof the media that white teenagers are less violent than black teenagers.
Representation of black teenagers
Throughout my title sequence black characters are presented through a positive and
negative viewpoint.Firstly blackteenagers in my title sequence can be seen as a positive
influence in society.This is done through the character of a black detectivefinding some
of the protagonist’s missing items. This suggests that the protagonist has gone missing
and the black detectiveis going to carry out an investigation to find him. However black
teenagers in my title sequence are also presented through a negative viewpoint. This is
done through the characterof the black antagonist. The over the shoulder shot on the
right shows the black antagonist watching the white protagonist in the distance. This
shot suggest that the blackantagonist is going to harm the white protagonist. This
followsthe media’s stereotypical viewpointof blackteenagers whichis that black
teenagers are aggressive and violent.