P313 Media Log
; “Welcome Wagon” (October 3. 2006)
It is the first day of the main character’s freshman year, and in her first class, the professor gives
an activity that includes interviewing and discussing with classmates to solve the problem; and Veronica
uses her computer and finds the solution online in a matter of minutes.
Aside from cheating the system and side-tracking the purpose of the activity, she also does not
associate with any of her fellow classmates. We have discussed that socialization has a major impact on
adolescence, and this could be encouraging for students to keep to themselves.
One Tree Hill
; “Good New For People Who Love Bad News” (October 11, 2006)
Another high school after party involving alcohol, which has become common in today’s media.
They even have multiple characters obviously too intoxicated to drive home, and then others, who also
should not be driving, getting behind the wheel. It shows that alcohol’s affects can impact your judgment
and shows how this can affect your actions.
This encourages adolescents of many different actions, some good and some not so well. It tells
them that drinking at this age is acceptable; which it is not, there’s a reason why it’s illegal, and it does
affect their brain in a long-term sense because they start at such a young age. And it shows some
characters driving after they have been drinking, which is one of the most dangerous things you could do.
Viewers hold main characters in the media at high standards, and if they see someone that they look up
to, doing something that isn’t a smart decision, it is very likely that they will overlook the sense of the
decision and follow in Hollywood’s path.
One Tree Hill
; “Good News For People Who Love Bad News” (October 11, 2006)
In this episode, intimacy and sexuality are both addressed in large ways. One instance, a main
character [who was married her junior year] comes out with the fact that she is pregnant.
Not that there is anything ‘wrong’ with teenage pregnancy [debate of differing opinions], but it is
fact that a pregnancy during a student’s adolescence would greatly impact their maturation speed and
impact their future. The idea of two adolescents being married before their senior year of high school
even, is extremely odd and does not say much about society, but again encourages early participation of
intimacy, and pregnancy at such an age implies intimacy at this age too. All of this would speed up the
maturation process, on top of a stress increase, which we have discussed as a negative effect of