Here’s What the Media Is Doing to Teenagers Today

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Here’s What the Media Is Doing to Teenagers Today

Post by eddie on Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:59 pm

A fairly old article but still a pretty good talking point, nonetheless.

If you go to Google News and search for “teens,” “teenager” or any variation thereof, a slew of headlines like these will pop up:

Teen Details Massacre Plot, Reveres Columbine Killer

Helena Teen Gets Suspended Sentence for Bomb Threats

Deputies: Teen Robbers Hurt in High-Speed Chase

Teen Neighbor Charged With Stabbing Hoarders in Olney Home

4 Teens, Adult Charged in Indian Trail Home Invasion

Florida Teenager Allegedly Murdered Grandmother

Teen Smoking Down, Synthetic Drugs Up

Mayville Teen Arrested for Hosting Underage Drinking Party

Teen Arrested for Underage Drinking, Assaulting Officer

The negative news focused around teenagers drastically outweighs any positive news about them. In fact, out of this recent search, guess how many teens were in the public eye for something unrelated to crime, violence, arrest, death or other trouble?

Two.


The media exacerbates this cycle by broadcasting shockingly negative stories. Not to say that there aren’t teens who are breaking the law, but it must be kept in perspective. Consider this: There are roughly 7,500 youths in adult prisons or jail and 96,000 in the juvenile justice system. That’s only .25 percent.
So does that mean one-quarter of one percent of our teenage population deserves 95 percent of the media attention about them?


....And that’s the point. Teenagers are often singled out in the media to further create this dramatic, sensationalized stereotype that just, frankly, is not accurate. Our teens know this and feel this too...

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-s-dunham/heres-what-the-media-is-d_b_5541462.html


I have only really positive experiences of teenagers, if I’m honest. Most of my son’s friends are fantastic, creative, independent thinkers, polite and courteous and hard-working. Even the ones I come across in public are pretty nice, well-mannered young people.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:52 pm




It gets more attention because children definitely shouldn't be doing such things...!


It's all the more shocking, so all the more news!



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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:54 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:


It gets more attention because children definitely shouldn't be doing such things...!


It's all the more shocking, so all the more news!



Which is what I always say about the news, as someone who has worked in the news for decades.

We're not trying to show you a snapshot of the world.

We're trying to show you the guy who photobombed that snapshot.

We're not trying to tell you what it's like normally.

We're trying to show you what it's like when everything goes haywire.

If you read the news to learn about what everyday life is like around the world, you're doing it wrong.

Always remember, "Dog Bites Man" isn't news, "Man Bites Dog" is news.

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