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Teenagers in 50's

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  • Innocent
  • Natural
  • Friendly
  • Not really rebelious
  • Well groomed/clean
  • Cute
  • Calm
  • Positive image
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Teenagers today

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  • Vicious
  • Unapproachable
  • Rough
  • Reckless
  • Negative image
  • Rude
  • Violent
  • Rebelious
  • Hoodies
  • Yobs
  • Horny
  • Foul language
  • Drunk
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Osgerby (2002)

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  • Shifts of media representation of youth
  • Recurring theme of 'youth as trouble'
  • Reflect wider cultural developments
  • From 50's and 60's-Post war mood-Hope and prosperity
  • To 70's and 80's-Lawlessness and social breakdown
  • Not simply way youth are represented, rather a reflection of reality
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Old age

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  • Vunerable
  • Positive representations
  • Dependent
  • Helpless (immobile)
  • Victims
  • Fragile
  • Wise
  • Negative toward youths
  • Old people's benefits (E.g. Free transport)
  • Slow
  • Caring

Shift from 'grumpy old men' towards more varied image

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Briggs (1993)

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  • Trends in representation of aging:
    • Older people appearing in soap operas
    • Negative portrayals of old age in situations
    • More active new old people, participate in leisure activities and society. 
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