April 5, 2013
Unit 3 – Lesson 14 – Key Question #30
Keitlin Okell In today’s society the media can portray different “groups” in certain ways towards society. One of these groups are teenagers; the realities that are portrayed within this specific group can be very misunderstood or very accurate depending on what is “seen” and “not seen”, values are also constructed within the media around us as teenagers not valuing what was valued in the past generations. Finally with the different media surrounding everyone’s lives, the commercial factors do influence the media with the “teenager” topic with giving teenagers a bad image sometimes but however the commercial factors can give a positive look on teenagers. If people were asked what their first thoughts of when they heard the word “teenager”, the first thoughts that come to their mind will probably shock you, with it being; negative, wild, irresponsible, immortal, violent, monsters, etc. These type of thoughts that are constructed about teenagers come from the media and what is “seen” and “not seen”. What is seen in the media the “glamorous” lifestyles of teenagers that go out to drink, party, abuse alcohol and drugs, deal with violence, and other inappropriate actions; all these actions are shown within movies, TV shows (reality or not), newspaper and even music. An example is the movie “Mean Girls”, this movie is about clichés, and how the high school life “is”, with the lies, sex, drinking, and not showing the positives of being a teenager and the difficulties that every teenager goes through. The media doesn’t show the hard part of being a teenager such as being bullied, exams, stress and insecurities. Also what is not shown within the media about teenagers is that they do care about politics, society’s issues, the environment, volunteering, their school work and other positive activities. Realistic wise, the media over exaggerates the topic of being a teenager because the media thrives on scandals even if...
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