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THE MEDIA- RUINING YOUTHS IMAGE Power structure and the dominant discourses through which they are reflected within Australian society tends to marginalise youth The media for example presents predominantly negative representations of youth or alternatively an idealised construction of perfect youth Each version is equally damaging in contributing to the way Australian youth perceive themselves Troubled youths This week 20 children went on a killing rampage Juveniles embark on mindless vandalism theft and assaults 16 400 crimes committed by kids Shocking news such as this gives the public a disturbing image of youth The public could be led into believing that all kids are untrustworthy dishonest lawbreakers On the other hand portrayals of youth being ideal or perfect definitely disturbs youths self-esteem and the way they see themselves Not everyone looks like a Barbie doll or has the perfect life but the media often portrays Australian youth as if that were so This does not improve anyones self-esteem Instead you get children as young as six starving themselves just so they can look like the pretty girl they see in the magazine for example A recent newspaper article titled TEENS FALL PREY TO RIP OFFS Sunday mail was about teenagers in QLD getting ripped off by unscrupulous retailers keen to exploit their inexperience Almost 1200 young people lodged complaints last year with Fair Trading with motor vehicles accommodation mobile phones and financial services being the top subjects of complaint A sixteen year old girl was sold a faulty lap-top computer and was quoted as saying As soon as they realised how old I was they wouldnt take me seriously This article was also suggesting youth are naive and ignorant of their rights In the same paper the headline OUR CHILD OUTLAWS a shocking 16400 crimes in a year- and they were all committed by kids in Queensland Was portraying youth as young as ten and as old
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