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Author Oppliger, Patrice A.

Title Bullies and mean girls in popular culture / Patrice A. Oppliger.

Publication Info. Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2013]


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Description viii, 282 pages ; 26 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-278) and index.
Contents Bullies and the media -- Mean girls and the media -- Film bullies -- Film mean girls -- Television bullies -- Television mean girls -- Television sitcoms -- Glee's bullies and mean girls -- Documentaries and talk shows -- Television reality shows -- Children's programs -- Children's literature -- Alternative media -- Pro-social and anti-bullying messages -- Analysis and recommendations.
Summary The numerous anti-bullying programs in schools across the United States have done little to reduce the number of reported bullying instances. One reason for this 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 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 "bully" and defining all bad behavior as "bullying" may dilute the term and trivialize the problem.
Subject Bullying in popular culture.
Bullies in mass media.
Bullying -- Film catalogs.
ISBN 9780786468652 (softcover : alk. paper)
0786468653 (softcover : alk. paper)

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