Teenagers Representation

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How teenagers are represented
in the media today.

‘Young people’ appear a lot in the media today. We either see them portrayed as anti-social yobs that all drink, smoke and have sexual intercourse on a daily basis. Or as victims of violent behaviour or less often as the future stars of the world we live in. Teenagers are occasionally represented in a good way in the News, for example the great GCSE and A-level results this year in 2011. Teenagers are often praised for their accomplishments for example in sporting events such as the Olympics. Although teenagers are seen in a bad way in the media they sometimes are seen in a good light for example the TV shows 'Young Apprentice' and 'Young Master Chef'. However more often or not the News represents teenagers as an anti-social group who vandalise and damage things. They are often known for having ASBOs (anti social behaviour order) and for being violent towards people and vandalising other peoples property. The recent riots across the Country gave teenagers an even worse reputation than before because of the large numbers that appeared on television on the streets whilst anti-social activities were being carried out. Some were shown vandalising their own local communities by destroying peoples property and breaking into the shops and stealing things whilst many others just stood and watched. There are plenty of teenagers who act in the exact way they are represented in the media. However, this is not to say that all of them do. There are also plenty who are intelligent and care about other people and the world around them. The news are not misrepresenting teenagers, they are only reporting the bad side of them. This is obviously the most interesting side of what teenagers are up to, and of course the media thrives on bad events. It is simply important for older people to know that this is not the whole story and that not all teenagers are this way. They aren't really interested in the intelligence of the...
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