OMG! TMI is sad to announce that we are about to sign off with our very last words. Considering this is going to be our last blog post, we have decided it is only fitting to recap all of the interesting topics we have covered throughout the semester. As all of you know, we created TMI to give an insight look on what teens are being exposed to throughout the media. Specifically, we wanted to discuss and analyze current media topics that could potentially be giving teens a skewed version of “reality”. Over the course of 12 weeks, we rotated on three specific media topics: Cinema, Television, and Social Media. With each of our unique voices we were able to discuss a variety of teen-related topics while applying our own individual lens. Every week you were able to read something new, current, and different, depending on each author’s unique perspective.
With the rise of the media’s portrayals of teens being overtly sexual and enacting very adult-centric behaviors, we found various examples of current media topics that allowed us to open up discussion. We gathered information that provided us with knowledge of current popular media trends, and based off of that we were able to choose what we wanted to discuss within our blogs. For example, we covered television shows such as Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Girl Code, and Ridiculousness – based off of our findings of what television shows and television
networks were the most popular amongst teens. On the social media side, we covered popular teen social networking sites such as Facebook and Tumblr. And last but not least, we commentated on one of the most popular pastimes of teens – movies. Within the Cinema section we analyzed a variety of films including Carrie and
Thor. Not only did we focus on the adult-centric behaviors and experiences teens portray in the media, but we also offered critical insight to other important issues regarding race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Throughout our analyses of the given topics of each week, all of us were able to gain insight on certain aspects of media teen life that we may have never thought about before. Particularly we learned that even parts of the media that we may think are just a part of everyday life, like Facebook for example, can be extremely detrimental to teens’ self esteem and perceptions of relationships. Also, we gathered that even though teens watch television and go to movies frequently, there aren’t very many shows or films that are specifically geared towards teens. Consequently, teens are still watching television and films, except they are watching and interpreting what adults do – which can be problematic.
Overall, our main goal of this blog was to open up conversation on issues that teens might be experiencing through their interpretations of the media available to them. It was never our intention to discourage anyone from the media altogether, but rather to look at it from a different angle. As a society we tend to fall into the pattern of going with the flow and taking things as is because that’s what is simply handed to us. TMI, however, hopes that now you’ll dig a little deeper into what the media is handing you, and instead of just taking it asking whether or not you think this is actually a good perception of reality.
If you are interested in the topics that we have presented and would still like to learn more, check out these awesome blogs that discuss similar issues with teens and media!
This blog examines general topics regarding teens, but there are a lot of blogs about teens and the media (particularly social media). It is mainly a site for parents on raising teens and what to do in certain situations.
This blog discusses the negative impact of media on teenage girls. It has extremely interesting blogs that analyze young adult novels, Halloween costumes, celebrity role models, etc.
This blog explores how the media negatively affects teenage girls. It is written from the point of view of a teenage girl herself, so the topics are extremely relevant.
This blog discusses the negative affects of media on teenagers, but also talks about the positive affects that the media can have on teens.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog and continue to dig deeper on the influences of media!
XOXO, TTYL, Until Next Time,
Gossip Girl Christine J