Date of Award
Honors College Thesis
Mass Communication and Journalism
Christopher Campbell, Ph.D.
Teen television shows have had an impact on pre-teen and teen lifestyles. This study demonstrated how opinion editorial writers for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and USA TODAY perceived themes such as teen pregnancy, teen marriage, sex, sexual orientation, drugs, alcohol, violence, and the supernatural in the media. In doing this, the researcher looked at articles from the following teen targeted television shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Glee, Dawson’s Creek, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This study also looked at how these perceptions were controversial and/or educational for the pre-teen and teen viewers. The study concluded that pre-teens and teens viewers should watch these programs with parents and or someone eighteen or older; therefore, they can help distinguish on-screen reality from off-screen reality.
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Reedom, Jasmine I., "The Impact of Edgy Teen Television Shows As Perceived By Entertainment Writers In Major American Newspapers Between 1996 And 2013" (2013). Honors Theses. 466.
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