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‘Hoodies, Louts, Scum’: How Media Demonises Teenagers

Saturday 14 March 2009

‘Hoodies, Louts, Scum’: How Media Demonises Teenagers

‘The portrayal of teenage boys as "yobs" in the media has made the boys wary of other teenagers, according to new research. Figures show more than half of the stories about teenage boys in national and regional newspapers in the past year (4,374 out of 8,629) were about crime.

The word most commonly used to describe them was "yobs" (591 times), followed by "thugs" (254 times), "sick" (119 times) and "feral" (96 times). Other terms often used included "hoodie", "louts", "heartless", "evil", "frightening", "scum", "monsters", "inhuman" and "threatening".’

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