Teenage Representations in Media
In today’s media teenagers tend to be portrayed in a negative manner. Therefore influencing how a majority of the general public feel towards the teenage population, emphasising the stereotypical image of an everyday teenager in which is associated with traits such as being lazy, immature and disrespectful. But what if the different types of media/text affect the way the public views their opinion on teenagers? For instance a newspaper article on “Teen Party Goers”, a magazine feature on one of “Australia’s most exciting teenage basketball prospect” and finally a TV show called “Summer Heights High”
Newspaper Article – “Teen Party Goers”
“Police Minister appalled by Teen Party Goers” published and written by ABC news is an informative newspaper that covers breaking and important news, the newspaper is often targeted towards the older general public. The article is about the disgraceful behaviour of teenagers at a party in Piara Waters, Perth’s South East which attracted 500 teenagers. Where Police were pelted with objects such as rocks, bricks and bottles, one teenager was stabbed and nearby properties were damaged. The incident also called upon the Police Minister saying “I think it’s absolutely disgraceful behaviour”, “I mean teenagers continue to surprise me with the way that they conduct themselves, and I’m just astonished”. In his article teenagers are once again generalised for the actions of a majority, this portrays a negative image of teenagers and therefore the older targeted audience associates the “DISGRACEFUL” behaviour with teenagers.
The author tries to persuade the target audience by using emotionally waded words such as “DISGRACEFUL” that impact the reader’s opinion and persuades them to the author’s negative beliefs. This creates a negative stereotypical image towards every teenager instead of the select majority....