Teenagers Portrayed in Television and Movies

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TEENS, TELEVISION, AND MOVIES Teenagers Portrayed in Television and Movies Sarah Kuhns ENG 122 Jared Kline September 26, 2011 1
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TEENS, TELEVISION, AND MOVIES Teenagers Portrayed in Television and Movies Teenagers have an unlimited source to media in today’s world, yet they have problems figuring out television from reality. Due to the make it seems so real when they show people with similar problems in movies and television shows. For instance teenagers go through relationship problems rather it is with family, friends, or a person they are dating. They also see the kids on these shows rebel against authority figures, having sex and getting into fights, going gangs or going to jail. These are just some of the issues that you are going to be reading about. Today we have an unlimited access to today’s media. Most teenagers have a television, computer, game system, radio or mp3 player and at lest one type of movie player in their bedrooms. Rather it is a DVD player, VCR, or a blue ray player in television shows and movies. On top of that teenagers wear top of the line clothing and drive cars that you know they can not afford to drive and have the top of the line electronics. On top of all of that Teenagers are either portrayed as being teenage parents, delinquents, and liars among other things on television. Shows like The Secrete Life of the American Teenager (July 2008) and P retty Little Liars (June 2010) which air on ABC family are two shows that portray such things. As far as movies go Mean Girls (April 2004), The 10 Things I Hate about You (March 1999), Easy A (September 2010), and She’s All That (January 1999) are great examples of movies that portray teens doing things that they are not suppose to. I know high school is a very important passing however since when did we have teenagers dress like or act the plastics from Mean Girls (April 2004) or the girl from Easy A (September 2010), Most parents would notice if their teenage daughter left the house in something like that. Besides schools have dress codes that band any type of clothing like that for 2
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TEENS, TELEVISION, AND MOVIES a reason. But yet the media gladly shows teens wearing such provocative clothing, because it appeals to today’s youth even though it is not accepted in everyday society. Thus these types of media do not show teenagers proper values. Yes The Secret Life (July 2008) shows that it is difficult to juggle school, relationship and a child; however it does not show teens all the consequences that teenage parents face. Shows like The Secret Life (July 2008) make being a teenage mom seem easy where as in reality it is not. Television shows and movies also show teens it is ok to have sex. How ever it is not ok to have sex because you are taking a chance of catching a sexually transmitted Disease or becoming pregnant. The movies that are out there are better. For example
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course ENG 122 ENG 122 taught by Professor Jessicaheld during the Fall '10 term at Ashford University.

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