Media Representations of Age

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Heintz-Knowles (2002)
Conducted a content analysis of the way that children are portrayed in entertainment television. Found that it almost never shows children grappling with serious issues and that children from minority ethic backgrounds are under-represented.
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Postman (1982)
Children are prematurely sexualised in media portrayals and the media creates a world in which adults and children share the same music, sports, language, literature and films. Conveys a change in media representations of children.
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Osgerby (2002)
Noted a recurring theme of 'youth as trouble'. Media representation has changed from youth being portrayed positively in a post-war mood of hope and prosperity to darker images of teenage violence in the 1970s and 1980s
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Wayne (2007)
Argued that the pattern of negative representation of youth in the media ignores 'stories about how young people are affected by problems in housing, education, health, unemployment, parental abuse, politics and so forth'
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Hoodies or Alter Boys (2009)
Found that terms used in newspapers about teen boys included 'thugs', 'yobs', 'hoodies' and 'heartless' and that there were more newspaper stories about teens and crime (as victims or offenders) than about teens and all other subjects put together
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Landis (2002)
Identified a number of stereotypes in representations of older people in TV and film. She described typcial portrayals as 'one-dimensional' and identified certain types, such as like a grumpy old man or a fiesty old woman
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Cuddy and Fiske (2004)
In the US, TV programmes portrayed just 1.5 per cent of their characters as elderly. Most of them appeared in minor roles, and usually as figures of dun to provide comic relief, often based on ineffective mental, physical and sexual capacities
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Milner Van Norman and Milner (2012)
They report that '[too] often missing from media portrayals is a balanced view of ageing; one that reflects the challenges of getting older, while embracing the opportunities associated with ageing'
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Carrigan and Szmigin (2000)
They referred to the 'grey pound', which has led to an increase in positive images of ageing and positive roles for older people and shows the way in which large conglomerates target the older people's market.
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Biggs (1993)
Argued that there is evidence of change and continuity in representations of older people. He identified contrasting trends, including older people appearing in considerable numbers of soap operas and negative portrayals of old age in sitcoms
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Children are prematurely sexualised in media portrayals and the media creates a world in which adults and children share the same music, sports, language, literature and films. Conveys a change in media representations of children.

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Postman (1982)

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Noted a recurring theme of 'youth as trouble'. Media representation has changed from youth being portrayed positively in a post-war mood of hope and prosperity to darker images of teenage violence in the 1970s and 1980s

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Argued that the pattern of negative representation of youth in the media ignores 'stories about how young people are affected by problems in housing, education, health, unemployment, parental abuse, politics and so forth'

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Found that terms used in newspapers about teen boys included 'thugs', 'yobs', 'hoodies' and 'heartless' and that there were more newspaper stories about teens and crime (as victims or offenders) than about teens and all other subjects put together

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