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The presesntation of young people in 21st century Britain by the media is unfair.

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Started: 1/23/2013 Category: Society
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Mishy8311

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Getting straight to the point:

Every young person has had the experience"a shop attendant eying you suspiciously or a bus driver refusing to give you concession rates despite the presence of your student card, concession card and every piece of evidence you could possibly need. Every young person has been the victim of unfair judgment by others. Many claim this is the fault, at least partly, of the media and the way it portrays young people. Arguably, media focus on youth drug addiction, vandalism, unprotected sex, as well as many other "negative" issues, has led some people to view young people in terms of stereotypes and gross generalisations.

Some misconceptions about young people

Young people take drugs
Young people steal
Young people are rude and inarticulate
Young people don"t contribute to the community
Young people are lazy

Examples of negative media spin

Media coverage of the 2004 student protests against rising HECS fees focussed purely on the few individuals who damaged property or became violent. Lost was the fact that most young people staged a peaceful protest. Also, in most articles, the issue of rising fees was forgotten or only briefly mentioned. This negative focus is clear in the Sydney Morning Herald article Capsicum spray used as students storm Chancellery in fees protest

Why is this a problem?

The media plays an important role in creating public opinion and in turn in creating policy and laws. If media representation of young people is inaccurate, there is a danger that the policies created will not address their needs. Negative media stereotypes can also influence young people themselves"a kind of self fulfilling prophecy. On a broader level, young people can be discriminated against or treated suspiciously because of stereotypes. This is very important; young people should feel embraced by their community, not alienated by it.

How can media stereotypes be challenged?

Stereotypes about young people can be challenged by:

young people increasing their participation in the media"get involved in your local community radio station or paper, write letters to the editor, email feedback to TV shows, call in to talk back radio etc
reducing the amount of attention given to negative, controversial issues concerning young people and increasing the focus given to the achievement of young people and their positive contribution to the community.

Barriers young people face

The media is an extremely complicated thing. The creation of stories is influenced by a range of factors which varies depending on the media. Things like public opinion, what sells and what doesn"t, and what qualifies as a "good" news story are all things that have to be taken into account. An understanding about how the media operates is important if you want to go about changing it.

Thank you all and remember to vote for the unfair presentation of young people in Britain.
sTea

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Is the media without proof when they state young people are trouble? The London Riots are a beautiful example of what happens when social norms are broken. It was all over the news - looting, fires, violence against the police.
66% of those who appeared in court were under 25 and 25% of them between the ages of 11 - 17
(http://www.infed.org...)

This may just be one event that I am citing - but this is a very serious breach of the law.

Are you saying young people don't do drugs and steal? In your opinion young people may be "victimised" but maybe the media are portraying the truth...
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Posted by Deadlykris 4 years ago
Deadlykris
Wow, it's like they both just walked away from this.
Posted by Mishy8311 4 years ago
Mishy8311
YYW, the presentation would be unfair to 'young people,' yes; the demonisation of young people in the media is the focus of this debate.
Posted by Mishy8311 4 years ago
Mishy8311
Sure, accurate. Maybe biased.
Posted by YYW 4 years ago
YYW
So what if it's not fair? It makes for brilliant TV. Skins, for instance, is the adolescent equivalent of Requiem for a Dream. That aside, my question would be... fair 'to whom'. Young people? Is it the case that they are 'due' a representation that is not like the one they have, present? I'll await your response, and if I like it, might take this... because it's probably the most interesting topic I have seen in ages.
Posted by InVinoVeritas 4 years ago
InVinoVeritas
"Fair" as in accurate?
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