Representation of Youth in Reference to Coronation Street

Topics: David Platt, Soap opera, Coronation Street Pages: 5 (2217 words) Published: December 12, 2010
Historically representations of teenagers have been varied in the media but especially more within recent years teenagers have been represented more negatively. From the British television drama website ( ) I was able to find out that in the past teenagers were represented as obedient, conforming young people who were un-sexualized and unsusceptible to the negatives of the world. It stated that as time progressed the representation of teenagers became more realistic. They became louder, expressive, individual, outgoing and sexually aware. Teenagers are seen as always being up to no good and just causing trouble and being involved in crime, sexual activity and drugs. Especially in British media, teenagers are represented as being apart of gangs and being labelled ‘yobs’. Steven Drizen states on the website, “The overwhelming majority of juveniles are involved in impulsive or risky, even delinquent, behaviours during the teenage years. The majority go on to become productive citizens who don't commit crimes.” Hardly ever do you see positive representations of teenagers in the media, or positive things being said about teenagers. However when a teenager does something wrong it develops into a moral panic. These views the media have are based on a small group of teenagers in society and so is not an accurate reflection of today’s youth. So In this essay I want to find out is the representation of teenagers in soap operas an accurate reflection of today’s youth. In the past teenagers were represented more positively. Again from the British Television Drama website I was able to find out that in the drama “Three Minute Hero” in the 1980’s teenagers are represented as being fun, loving, superficial and immature. They are also said to be naïve as in one scene we can see a girl showing her disgust at breastfeeding. They state that this could be compared to ‘Skins’ where the teenage characters appear to be arrogant; they constantly speak over each other and argue. They also smoke, talk about sex, curse and use foul language at each other. I have chosen to research the representation of teenagers in soap operas because soap operas are the most popular genre in the U.K and so have a huge influence on what societies view will be of teenagers. In the United Kingdom soap operas are one of the most popular genres, most being broadcast during prime time. Most U.K. soap operas focus on working-class communities. In British soap operas you get realistic representations of events that happen in everyday life such as debt problems, health problems, job losses and crime issues such as with anti social behavior with teenagers. This could be compared to American soap operas were everything is perfect, people all live in nice houses and have lots of money and never have to worry about job losses or debt problems. Coronation Street is generally the most watched show on British television. Coronation Street is an award winning prime time soap opera set in a fictitious town named Wetherfield close to Manchester. The show is produced in Manchester being created by Tony Warren. It is the longest running and most watched soap opera on British television. Coronation Street was first broadcasted on 9th December 1960 and was made by Granada television. Each episode is 22 minutes long and is broadcasted in five weekly installments. Coronation Street is the soap opera that I have chosen to research to see if teenagers are represented accurately. I have decided to research two characters in Coronation Street, one teenager that is represented positively and one that is represented negatively. The character that I have chosen that is represented negatively is the character of David Platt and the character that is represented positively is Chesney Battersby- Brown. Firstly I am going to analyze David Platt. David is a fictional character in the U.K. ITV soap opera ‘Coronation Street’. The character first...
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