The Representation of Youths in Contrasting Films

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The Representation of Youths in Contrasting Films All media text contain messages. These can be positive or negative. A positive message is a true-to-life representation, where individuals and groups are given a positive image. A negative message is a untrue and exaggerated stereotype, often see the individual or group from a poor perspective. An example of a positive message demonstrated by media text is the speech given by Tony Blair during the suicide bomb attack on London on Thursday 7th June 05. This message can be seen as positive because in this speech the media text illustrates to the viewers that Britain will not be defeated by terrorism. Other messages can also be formed by media text which may be to do with family, friends, life, ect. These messages are very important because it controls the viewers. The media presents these messages through the use of representation. This is the process through which aspects of the real world are reconstructed through media text and most commonly the construction of particular individuals or social groups, such as gender, age, sexuality, race, religion, disability and class. The audience’s job is to recognise these e.g. stereotypes. This is a person or thing that conforms to a fixed or general pattern. By the use of a standardised simplistic image. An example of this would be teenage life is demonstrated with parties, upbeat music, ect. It is the choice of the viewers to agree or disagree with these media text. The following essay will examine the representation of youths in two contrasting films. The films that will be analysed are 10 things I Hate About You directed by Gil Junger in 1999. This film demonstrates the modern teenage life with girls and boys falling in love and attending their school prom. The second film that will be analysed is Stand By Me directed by Rob Reiner in 1986. This is an adventure film about four friends who go on a journey to find a dead body to become famous in their town. The two films are very contrasting in many
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