Essay on The Portrayal of Youth in the Media

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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 people.


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
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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.

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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 especially by their families. The attitude towards this article is that it is trying to put across the message that youth crimes are decreasing and the approach that the writer is using is by giving an example of a 10 year old and asking if it if fair to prosecuting someone of such a young age and what affects it will have on that person

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