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    Well I have to do a piece of written work on how a certain group are represented in movies/magazines (I prefer movies/tv shows though.) I was just wondering if any of you had ideas on what type of people I could do this on, because it's not allowed to be too wide like for example on women in general. I have some ideas, such as how gays, old men, asians, gangstas, etc are represented, but if any of you have more ideas and movies that I could compare them with it'd be a major help. When looking at these groups I have to consider whether it is a fair and accurate representation, how it is created, what image does it give and why it is made. My first idea was to talk about the mafia in the Godfather, and compare it to the rather humorous gangstas in Analyse this, but I haven't actually seen much of the Godfather..
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    Your gangster idea is excellent, and you should try to get hold of a copy of the Godfather.

    Another idea is to look at the representation of teenagers, and look at films such as Clueless, American Pie, and some teen horror films such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. I think there are many differences and similarities in these representations and that would provide many talking points!

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for your reply . In the end I did decide to do youth, mainly because I don't feel I know enough about Gangstas to write a large amount on. I've written a few paragraphs that talks mainly about the stereotyping of youth such as those in 'American Pie' and also about physical appearance and etc. I haven't actually thought of my main movie to talk about yet, though. I'm also going to talk briefly about social groups such as goths and whether young people in general are seen in a positive light. But if anyone has more ideas on what I could write about to do with youth, then I'd love to see your views.

    If anyones interested in seeing what I've done so far that would be great. I've only done a few paragraphs, so it probably wouldn't take long.

    How youth is represented through the 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.

    As a result, these representations of the youth in the media forces people to view the youth in a negative way instead of concentrating more on their positive qualities. There are many different stereotypes of young people that are popular in the media, and these are created by placing common features of the youth together and consequently simplify their attitudes and personality. For example, in ‘The Sixth Sense’ the young boy is shown as both smart and timid and is also unique compared to his school friends because he is able to actually see and speak with ghosts. Characters such as these in the media are often referred to as ‘geeks’ or ‘nerds’ because they are both smart and have difficulty expressing themselves with others, and also because they are often obsessive over a particular interest. However, outside of the media world it isn’t uncommon to find young teenagers who are smart but also lively and wild. Likewise, there are many young people who are obsessed with music and movies but because these are popular forms of entertainment with the majority of their friends they aren’t seen in a negative way, whereas those who read as a hobby or spend too much time on the internet are seen as ‘nerds’.

    In addition, the media is also guilty for using appearance as a method of representing certain types of teenagers and young social groups such as Goths. Indeed, it is uncommon in movies to have young people with a strong physical appearance if they are also very intelligent for their age and passionate over something that is considered unpopular amongst teenagers. As a result, they are often seen wearing glasses and usually have a fragile and vulnerable appearance, and they are usually viewed as the bottom of the food-chain in their school because of it. However, those who have a muscular and powerful body are consequently classed as stupid and weak-minded as well as being the leader of a group of bullies that terrorize their school. These stereotypical images are unfair and inaccurate representations of the youth because there are many people who are both strong and clever, and while it is common-sense to suggest that those with a strong physical appearance are going to have more strength than others, it doesn’t necessarily mean that other teenagers are weak or helpless.
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    We did the representation of teenagers and used the film Kidulthood, and a mixture of tabloid and broadsheet.
 
 
 
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