Bullies and Mean Girls in Popular Culture

Bullies and Mean Girls in Popular Culture

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The numerous anti-bullying programs in schools across the United States have done little to reduce the number of reported bullying instances. One major flaw in a majority of the programs and other books on bullying is that little attention has been paid to the role of the media and popular culture in adolescents' bullying and mean girl behavior. This book addresses media role models in television, film, picture books, and the Internet in the realm of bullying and relational aggression. It highlights a significant number of portrayals with unproductive strategies that lead to poor resolutions or no resolution at all. Young viewers may learn ineffective, even dangerous, ways of handling aggressive situations. Victims may feel discouraged when they are unable to handle the situation as easily as in media portrayals. They may also feel their experiences are trivialized by comic portrayals. Entertainment programming, aimed particularly at adolescents, often portray adults as incompetent or uncaring and include mean spirited teasing. In addition, overuse of the term qbullyq and defining all bad behavior as qbullyingq may dilute the term and begin to trivialize the problem.Puck has a dream which he interprets as a message from God that he needs to be with a Jewish girl, so he goes out with Rachel. ... After Karofsky hits Finn with a slushie, he explains that he has been wanting to get back at Finn since the fifth grade when Finn made fun of ... Karofsky and Azimio rough up Finn in the locker room to warn him against getting his picture taken for glee club for the yearbook.

Title:Bullies and Mean Girls in Popular Culture
Author:Patrice A. Oppliger
Publisher:McFarland - 2013-09-19


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