Yes, I think that the youth are shown to be bratty and nothing but a bunch of pot smoking thugs. A lot of them are, but there are a lot of people that are still really good, with a very strong sense of morals and ethics, that will help this country.
For the most part, the youth are portrayed negatively in America by the media. They are porttrayed as lazy and they are not as competitive as older generations. The youth today are concerned about getting high and playing video all night while sleeping in during the day. That is what the media portrays.
Yes, I believe that the youth in America are portrayed negatively by the media, because the baby boomers are constantly saying that children today are lazy and unmotivated. This is completely unfair, because it is the baby boomers who have ruined the economy so that we can't find jobs. It's not like we want to be living in our parent's basements.
The fact of the matter is that American youth are generally a buch of very good kids looking to finsh school, go to college, and be a success when they get older. They do all still want the American dream. I think the media portrays them as tyants, and it's not fair.
The media generally reflects the attitudes of the society to which it panders. Some have condemned the media for portraying youths, especially of certain racial or economic categories, in a negative light. For example, the media covering the Trayvon Martin case spun the story both ways: with some channels blaming and demonizing the young African-American, and others praising his innocence, lamenting his plight, and disparaging his killer's apparent racism. Movies like "Kids" and "Dazed and Confused" timelessly depict a restless and reckless American youth culture which dabble in drugs, sex, and rock and roll. Other movies such as "Clueless" or "The Princess Diaries" idealize the bourgeoisie American youth experience. Thus, media depictions of American youth run the gamut from negative to positive.