Young people in the media

The media has a huge effect on modern day society, it also influences people’s views/opinions on topics such as the youth of today. It is a known fact that 71% of youths are seen in a negative way through media. While some people believe that the media reflects reality and shows accurate interpretations of social groups through movies, video games and television programs, the true purpose of the media isn’t to directly mirror reality but instead re-present it through messages and techniques. Indeed, it is very rare for movies not to generalize social groups because they are dominated by stereotypical characters that try and affect how we relate to others and ourselves. Although this can be an unfair and inaccurate representation of people who belong to a particular social group, it is also inevitable for the media to use stereotypical characters because they act like codes that give audiences a quick, common understanding of a person or a group of people. For example, the youth are sometimes represented as being irresponsible, immature and reckless in movies such as ‘American Pie’ but outside of the media there many young people that contradict these views and are in reality polite and civilized. I personally think that young people should stop being portayed negatively in the media because it catergorises all young people into one group which is not fair. Please feel free to comment and leave your views and opinons 🙂

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