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  • Representations of youth
    • From around age of 15 to early 20s
      • Often subject to negative media stereotyping
      • Rebellious, selfish problem group, depicted in context of crime
    • 2005 analysis conducted by MORI
      • Majority of stories were negative (57%)
      • 12% positive
      • 40% of articles about young people focused on crime
    • White et al (2012)
      • Found broadcasters negatively stereotyped young people
      • More than 40% of young people were dissatisfied with the way they were portrayed on TV as 'disrespectful'
    • Representations driven by media news values
      • Exaggerate deviant behaviour of a few young people out of proportion
      • Distorts people's attitudes and give a misleading impression
      • Older people are vulnerable to believing stereotypes, as impressions are strongly formed by media
    • Cohen (2002)
      • Young people are relatively powerless
      • Young African-Caribbean males have been often used as scapegoats
      • Using 'folk devils' to make a moral panic
      • Uniting public against a common 'enemy' and encouraging them to support tough action against them
      • As a result of media-generated moral panics, all young people may get labelled and stereotyped as troublesome
    • Can be combated
      • Major users of the internet
      • By young people themselves, through social media and citizen journalism
      • May mean media organisations have to change their media stereotypes


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