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A right to reply - teenagers in the media letter.

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´╗┐Editor: Paul Dacre The Daily Mail, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT Reece Buckle 288 Beaver Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5PG Dear Mr Dacre. I?m writing in response to the criticizing nature in which teenagers are adversely represented by your paper, and employees. The article is broadly negative about the whole programme, education, teachers and pupils in general. Levy & Davidson repeatedly and purposely highlight every bad aspect of the first episode, and future episodes to come. And with Nick Seaton, relate them to us teenagers in many ways, such as the controversial ?What sort of example is this to set our children? which is highly likely to entice conflict. That?s practically discriminating us ?children?, insulting our self-discipline, saying we?re liable to be influenced by individuals within the show. Throughout the article there are more examples like this which belittle us on a whole. ...read more.


That includes and targets their teachers, pupils and myself, in a very unfavourable light. I was also displeased with the criticising view that teachers are likely to adversely influence us pupils in general, e.g. Nick Seaton denunciates that teachers have ?extremely childish behaviour?who are setting a very bad example for the pupils as they are all likely to see the programme?. This generalises us teenagers as people who endeavour to follow in the footsteps of a few unprofessionally behaved teachers, and bad mannered pupils. I?m sure the mass of us have a few more brain cells, than to even consider following this ?very bad example?. Supporting this point, areas such as the headline and largely Nick Seaton?s speech ridicule us by questioning ?whether putting cameras in a school in the age of reality TV is a good idea when most young people want to play up to them?. ...read more.


This larger percentage clearly demonstrates that the school wasn?t all ?insolent?, otherwise how did they even pass? Furthermore, this isn?t justifiable to label and represent us all with words like ?insolent? and children?. Levy & Davidson also describe both teachers and pupils as a ?grim picture of life? and them emerging ?in an unflattering light?. However this isn?t entirely appropriate. If we look at when the date the article was written, it?s only based on the contents of what the first episode broadcasted. Not the whole series. And overall, these features are more susceptible to be negative, as this usually includes juicy and interesting things that are likely to pull the audience back for the next episode. Additionally, part of the article that?s based on this limited knowledge, which includes ?bullying? ?teenage pregnancy? and a student?s suffering from personal affairs, is yet again highlighted in spite. I hope you take my views into consideration, as this article doesn?t do any justice for I myself, or other teenagers. Yours sincerely ? Reece Buckle ...read more.

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