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Representation of Youth: Stereotypes and Audiences


Aliens in the Living Room: How TV Shapes Our Understanding of “Teens” by Aubrun and Grady

• TV reduces teenhood to a set of fixed types • Fixed types = Narrative shortcuts (quick to understand for the audience) • Teenhood is represented as: – an isolated phase of life distinct from and in conflict with childhood and adulthood – hedonistic


Aliens in the Living Room: How TV Shapes Our Understanding of “Teens” by Aubrun and Grady • TV contributes to misunderstanding of teenagers • TV contributes to the alienation of teens • Representations shape expectations about how teenagers should behave/ be understood • Representations of teens thus influence our view of teenagers and our behaviour towards them, AND teenagers’ behaviour and view of themselves


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Representation of Youth in TV