Within media texts such as Tv, films, magazines and several other forms, representation is a crucial part as it’s the process of making meaning, referring to the construction in any medium (mass media) of aspects of reality.

Therefore, not only does representation relate to my understanding of media studies, but I am also applying a form of representation (in particular, age) to the opening title sequence as a group that we are creating. As a result I have decided to post about the representations of age in the media.

For instance: I had taken notes about this, see below:

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Which enables me to highlight the similarities of children’s representation to the opening title sequence as it’s of a teenage girl who is acting mysteriously, only later revealed in the credits as the antagonist of the film due to being associated with the crime case, the potential suspect of the various murders…

Furthermore, as media’s representation of groups of people is based on age, it’s generalised and categorised on the basis of stereotypes including:

  • Childhood- this is depicted by the media in positive ways such as ‘cute’ particularly in Tv adverts that are aiming to sell baby products, or ‘victims’ of crimes that have had an affect on them; either way society lives on this expectation of young children which has ultimately been influenced by the media. On the other hand, we chose to base our media task on the fact that some children are seen as “little devils” like my notes on the American cartoon ‘The Simpsons’ suggests.

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  • The elderly- sociological studies show the elderly being represented in one dimensional ways like being “grumpy” to social change, “dependent” on their family, or suffering from being “mentally challenged”. But my group’s idea doesn’t subvert or conform to these stereotypes as we have not represented this age band at all in our opening title sequence for a thriller film.
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The Victor Meldrew from “The One In The Foot Grave” exemplifies how the media have represented the elderly in a negative way through him being portrayed as a grumpy old man.

Therefore, we wanted to uncover the difference between media representations as our media product reflects societal expectations by both conforming to the idea of teenagers being “Folk Devils” as well as merging this with the female character behaving like a child, suggesting children are also capable of this. Which subverts the audience’s expectation due to them believing the complete opposite of the stereotypical idea children are cute and innocent.

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