Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Age Gaps in Television

Here is the youtube video talking about age gaps in TV- quite a few of these are student/teacher relationships involving teens!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

3. Raby, A Tangle of Discourses: Girls Negotiating Adolescence


A "rebellious teenager"
I loved this article, and almost every paragraph had a great quote in it. For the purposes of this post, though, I decided to take all three of my quotes from just one of Rebecca C. Raby's interview subjects.

All of the following are quotes from 15-year-old Vienna:

"[Adults] assume that all teenagers rebel just because this is the age when we start to become our own person. Like, at 12/13 you really start thinking about things for yourself and not necessarily doing everything that your parents do, you know? Becoming more independent...youth are perceived always in terms of what they are becoming, rather than what they are being: they are potential, not yet fully formed" (433).

I think this is incredibly true. The whole term "coming of age" is kind of fucked up, when you think about it. It's as if people don't have any authority over their own lives until they reach a certain age. Teens can become independent...but only with their parents' permission, which doesn't make any sense.

"I know with my parents sometimes they'll turn things around. Like when they want me to take responsibility for something they'll say 'You're supposed to act like an adult'...but then um, when I am, whatever, taking responsibility, or when I'm out for the whole day doing my own things and then I want to go to a party or something, they'll say 'You're not 21' " (439).

This is really manipulative, but also rings true for a lot of teens. It relates to the other quote: Teens can be independent, but only at their parents' discretion. Parents have a tendency to exercise their authority by giving at some points, and taking away at others.

"I mean, I think a lot of kids rebel because society expects us to. And I mean I think that a lot of the time...just sort of being our own people is interpreted as rebelling against our parents and I think it's just- I mean, they assume that all teenagers rebel just because this is the time when we start to become our own person" (445).

This proves that the categorization of all teenagers as "bad" is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Parents punish their teens for lashing out, and teens lash out as revenge against their parents for punishing them. And adults are so quick to diminish teens' struggles that any non-childlike and non-adultlike behavior is perceived as rebellion.

I think that Vienna's quotes were very relevant to the text at hand. She seems very socially conscious, and is the type of person who could make a difference for how teens are regarded (not that she should have to).

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Media Matters

How My High School Experience Was Shaped

This is Annie Edison, from the show Community. She is only 18, but "acts younger", and is a smart and driven, though immature and worrisome young lady. I see a lot of myself in Annie, and dressed like her for the entirety of my Freshman year of high school. Even now, when I'm nervous about a big presentation or test, I'll dress like her in the morning, and it soothes my nerves for the rest of the day.

It is no secret that Rebel Without a Cause is my favorite movie. I saw it during my Junior year of high school, which was a time when I felt very alone, so I related to how the characters felt. Even though I'm not much like him, I immediately felt an intense bond to the character of Jim Stark (played by James Dean) and his compassion for others. If I hadn't seen this movie, I may not have decided to write for teens.

The Secret Life of The American Teenager was not a good show. But when I was in middle school, I loved it. Every week, I live texted with my friend Meghan about the episode (my first real experience texting). To say it shaped my perception about high school would be an understatement, and it created a lot of internalized misogyny in me, as well, as I used to think every girl was either a Grace, an Amy, or an Adrian.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

2. Bogad, Framing Youth: Writing 'Youth' in Social Context


As adults, we see youth as separate from ourselves. We believe that we are different from teenagers, that we have grown since we were their age. It's ironic how adults claim that teens are too "distant" and "keep pulling away" when we are often the ones who push them, who distance ourselves from them.

When I was a teenager, I wasn't like the media's representation. I got good grades, I liked and respected my parents, I didn't get into trouble at school. I didn't drink, or party, or have sex. The second I turned 16, I got a job. And I'm not saying these things to brag, I'm saying them because it was clear to me how different my relationships with adults were as opposed to other kids my age.

Adults loved me. I was seen as a "good child". My parents doted on me, and my brother resented me for it. Teachers would gush about me at parent-teacher conferences, I was liked at school. My older co-workers complimented me on my responsibility.

And yet I wasn't "one of them", meaning an adult. They still patronized me, condescendingly commented on how "innocent" I was. My mom would chastise me for my naivety and lack of common sense. I unintentionally drew older men in with my purity, and I couldn't exist in any space without feeling like someone was watching me, judging me. Waiting for me to screw up so they were free to lump me in with all those other rebellious teens.

It was bizarre. I wasn't perceived as a good person, just a good young person. I was only ever seen in relation to other teenagers; if I was better, or smarter, or nicer. And the way I saw the "not good" teenagers treated was sickening. At best, they were dismissed, deemed a "lost cause". From my perspective, it seemed like no one cared about them, and I strove to be better because I wanted people to care about me.

It was impossible to escape the stereotypes and rash judgements. The second people saw me, they felt like they knew me, especially after I told them my age. And rash judgements tell you nothing about a person's character; I once dated a "bad boy" who, to this day, is one of the best people I've ever known, and I also dated a "nice guy" who I'd prefer to never see again in my life. And yet, people judge each other, especially those who they feel they have permission to box in, like teens.

This article talks a lot about the group categorization of teens, and how it is harmful. Adults claim that they cannot understand them, yet it is their stereotyping and judgement that guarantees they will never understand them. As far as adults are concerned, there is no meeting halfway. And that is because it's easier if we don't make the effort, and we feel, as adults, that we have the right not to do so.

(this article shows that teens and adults aren't so different, at least in terms of social media usage)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1: Croteau, "Media and Ideology"


I agree with the points Lexi raises in her post. The article briefly touches upon this, but Lexi expands further upon how everything- including media- is used to garner a profit. We can hate and love characters on tv shows as if they are real people, but in the end those characters are products, just like the show itself.

As someone who wants to make media for a living, I struggle a lot with this. In Hollywood, the number one question you are asked when creating a movie or TV show is: "How do we sell it?" Everything story and message-wise comes after. Money is the most important thing, no matter the field of work.

In her post, Lexi references a plot-line from the show Master of None. Master of None stars Aziz Ansari, and is one of the only TV shows on right now with a non-white protagonist. The show lampshades the fact that there aren't too many roles for Indian men out there, and questions why that is the norm.

I love television. But you can't truly love TV without hating some of the standards it creates and adheres to, so I hope to be able to make something that, while still marketable, will go against some of the unfair norms that are in place right now.

(This is an article that relates to advertising film and TV. It shows that all ad campaigns play upon viewers' emotions in order to get views:

Final Presentation - Pecha Kucha