The media can not present the world to us, in spite of their assertion of truth and reality. They rather re-present that world to us by constructing images and behaviors for lots of different groups within, and indeed outside, our own society.
Rather than criticizing, try coming up with a solution for young people; have a discussion of what causes social problems and how they can be remedied. Young people got attacked for wearing hoods and even waiting for the bus is condemned as lingering!
Moral panic is another thing which is condemned by many groups and itmay be defined as "when the large group of people expresses their strong feelings about a specific group of people who may threaten the social order at that time."
In the book, Folk Devils and Moral Panics(1973), the writer Stanley Cohen, says moral panic occurs when "[a] condition, episode, person or group of persons emerges to become defined as a threat to societal values and interests."Those who start the panic, have a fear and threat towards the prevailing cultural values, are known by researchers as "moral entrepreneurs", while those who are targeted are known as "folk devil." They are the result and side-effects of controversies that generate arguments and social tension, or aretabooto many people.
2. Moral Panics in the media are further divided into three stages:
1. Occurrence and signification: A natural event occurs and when the media tries to give it an extra dramatic coverage and hype that is signified as a violent, worrying one.
2. Wider social implications (fanning the flames): When a connection is made between that particular event and the societal facing a problem. Then, opinion makers and experts give such comments that they come out to be a major social menace. So public attention is focused on these matters.
3. Social control: These moral panics then look forward to bring about a resolution and eventually a change in the law; all designed to further penalize those established as the threatening deviants at the source of the panic. This gives satisfaction to the public, who believe that they are the ones bringing a change in a society and are politically empowered by the media.
The movies about youth do have realistic content to show. But they might attain the power of creating a moral panic in the youth and society afterwards, just by raising an issue which will bring about a resolution in the society. Like the movie, Kidulthood, is illustrated with well known occurrences with teenagers; about today's teens living in central London have shown by common use of drugs, violence and pregnancy. Although some parts were slightly exaggerated, it did show what dilemmas teenagers face on a daily basis including sex, drugs, crime and fighting. It all proved the realistic representation of stereotypes however; the movie then ends with a moral that these things can ruin life.
While, Quadrophenia is an old classic movie, it's still very popular as it shows the real pictures of the teens of early 60's and 70's. The movie shows the teens as a part of Mod culture, which later resulted in the moral panic of