Representations of age in the media

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  • Representat-ions of young people in the media
    • Positive
      • Main study: Ellie Simmonds winning a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics
        • Heralded as a role model for younger people due to hard work and perseverance
          • Paralympic champion at 14 adds to success - due to disablitity
        • Positive image used in newspapers
    • Negative
      • Main case study: 2011  London Riots
        • Was presented to audiences through news media thus presenting the dominant ideology
          • The point of view of the creators of the text. May be explicit i.e. tabloid papers of implicit
          • This led to papers becoming opinion leaders offering a constructed view of young people and the events
            • Those in positions of power who aim to persuade an audience of their point of view
          • As most audience could not give a first hand account of the riots they relied on these papers for information
        • Emotive language used by papers to hook audience
          • Daily Star 'Anarchy in the UK'
          • Flaming Morons - thugs and thieves terrorise Britain's streets'
        • Emotive image of hooded figure standing in front of burnt out car to inspire fear in audience
          • Purpose: to sell papers
            • Effect: Gives off a stereotypical view that all young people rebel against authority and have a destructive nature
    • Youth are often portrayed in the media as a social problem, as immoral or anti-authority and consequently constructed as deviants as part of a moral panic.
      • Often focus on concerns around young people subcultures (teddy boys, hoodies)
        • Or lifestyle (drinking, drug taking) has attracted disapproval by public authority


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