Representations of Adolescents

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Representations of adolescents
NAME: Jeremy Bell
PC: DU6
CLASS: English 10F
TEACHER: Fr. Gillin
WORDS: 507 // Task proposal: 244

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page..............................................
Task Proposal...........................................1
Introduction..............................................2
Newspaper article.........................................3
Satirical Writing............................................4 Cartoon Visual.................................................5 Conclusion........................................................6 Bibliography........................................................6

Task proposal.

HOW I WILL APPROACH MY TASK:

RATIONALE
As a member of the 'National Task Force on the Role of Youth in Australian Society' the team have decided to report on the issue that adolescents are represented in media in relation to 'schoolies week'.

THESIS
The media portrays adolescents as having no common sense and judge all youth that participate in schoolies events as being irresponsible.

SCOPE
The team will approach this issue by investigating in 3 different media texts; a newspaper report, a satirical article and a Visual article. Each section of the task will clearly explain the relevant issues to which it relates:

BODY OF REPORT
Text – Title | Text – Type | Portrayal of Adolescents | Evidence | Media depicting students attending schoolies | Newspaper Article | Media depicting students attending schoolies | ''schoolies is no longer a celebration of finishing high school, but another excuse to get drunk and party all week''. | Intro to schoolies. | Satirical Article | Funny, about schoolies and adolescents. | But Withers sees the perpetual Toolie presence as a plus. “I was planning on getting wasted on about ten Lemon Ruskies last night, but it turned out some crusty old dude slipped rohypnol into my drink instead," she said. "He probably saved me a fortune." | Schoolies Paradise | Cartoon | Being irresponsible | Being irresponsible. (smashed, stoned, whacked, mugged, bashed, hospitalised and arrested) |

1.
INTRODUCTION:
Historically, the media had portrayed adolescents as having no common sense. The media saying that all who participate in the 'Schoolies' events are irresponsible. This portrayal is obviously unjust as not all 'Schoolies' week attendees are irresponsible or intend to get drunk and go into another state of mind.

In every era there are portrayals of adolescents lacking common sense. In Queensland, in this era 'Schoolies Week' continually attracts adverse media attention, the task of this report is to highlight some of the ways that the media portray today's youths.

For example: Hippies of the 60's and the Metal-Heads of the 70's

2.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON SCHOOLIES WEEK

THE AGE ARTICLE:
http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/schoolies-get-what-they-want-booze-and-risky-sex-20111112-1nd2c.html

ALMOST two thirds of teenagers at schoolies week celebrations will have more than 10 drinks a night and ''hook up'' with a stranger, but most do so because they think it's the social norm, a new study has found.

The survey of 500 school leavers at the week-long party on the Gold Coast last year revealed that a quarter of boys and four per cent of girls had sex with multiple partners.

And in a sign that the public health messages are missing their target, 24 per cent of the boys and 13 per cent of girls who had sex did not use protection. Two groups of 17 to 19-year-olds were surveyed, one before and one after schoolies week.

The results were similar. Getting very drunk, having a hangover, playing practical jokes and ''hooking up'' (having intercourse or performing sexual acts) were top of the list of expectations for the group at the start of the week, with 34 per cent of boys and 11 per cent of girls...
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