The Portrayal Of Youth In The Media

1280 words - 5 pages

The Portrayal of Youth in the Media


I am going to write a peace of coursework on how young children and
the media portrays young adults. I will see how different media pieces
give their views on how the youth of today and how they portray them
as thugs and disturbers of the peace or as obliging but misunderstood


I am going to study the two pieces of media. The first one I will
analyse is an article by BBC news Online: UK which was realest on
Wednesday 20th of March 2002, the other piece is an article from
Edinburgh evening news. It was written by Bernadette Monagham, it was
released on Friday 27th August 2004 the first article is about how two
youths were linked to nearly 100 crimes and back on the streets after
evading custody. It also tell that their parents have been orders to
leave their council houses, their houses were in an excuses zone.
Article 2 is about how youth crimes are going down and that tagging
gives youth a bad name. It tells that more people are aware of youth
crimes and the crimes are increasing, instead of knowing that it is on
the decrease.

Further development 1

The first article is telling that the two youths are no nice people
and that they are a couple of trouble makers. This is true because the
title for the article is 'brothers in crime stay at large'. He also
uses pictures of the two boys that are not very suitable.[IMAGE] These
pictures are possible used from a photo album when the kids are
messing about. The writer says that they were put on anti behaviour
orders (ASBOs) that banned them the centre in the town of
Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset. He also said that their joyriding,
harassment, intimidation and shoplifting crimes reached nearly one
hundred. The writer also uses past criminal offence that they have
been charged for like 'the brothers appeared before flax Bourton
magistrates after breaching behaviour orders imposed two years ago.
They were prohibited to go in the town centre and they broke the ban
many many times. The writer only looked at the boys from one angle, he
only writes about how bad they are and giving the impression that they
should be locked up somewhere, anywhere.

Further development 2

The second article is telling that how much crimes rates are
decreasing, not increasing and how tagging young offenders send the
wrong message to the public. Ms Monagham gives the message that youth
crime is decreasing and that the public are only concerned with the
crimes that are going on and not enough concern for how much crime has
decreased by youths. It also speaks about how offenders come from a
background of no love given to them by there families. It says that
young offenders haven't been given much attention and they commit
crimes to have some attention of people and...

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