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A Textual Analysis on Media Panics, Youth and Sexting in Print Media in North Belgium

Burcu Korkmazer (UGent), Sander De Ridder (UGent) and Sofie Van Bauwel (UGent)
(2018)
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The social media use of young people has become a site of increasing public interest. Young people experiencing with sexuality and intimacy in digital media spaces, has evoked public debates on youth, sexuality and social media (Pascoe, 2011). Sexting in particular, has often been covered in print media articles as a ‘risky’ youth phenomenon, leading to media panics about the alleged risks of social media. Although the social media use of young people has been studied in previous research (Ringrose, 2011; De Ridder & Van Bauwel, 2013), there remains a need to understand the broader cultural discourses on youth, sexuality and social media in print media. With this paper, we examine the discourses in news stories covering sexting. Our qualitative research design exists of a textual analysis of print media articles. The findingsshow that public discourses in newspapers and magazines mainly articulate youth sexting as a deviant behavior. This deviance discourse (Döring, 2014) is strongly linked to a gendered representation of youth who engage in sexting, resulting in a victimization of girls and criminalization of boys. Furthermore, the representation of youth in Flemish print media is mainly heterosexual and white, leaving no place for discussing the sexual experiences of LGBTQ-youth or ethnic-cultural minorities. By paying no attention to the intersectionality within the identity politics of young people, these discourses leave little space for a more diverse and active understanding of youth sexting and sexuality.

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Korkmazer, Burcu, Sander De Ridder, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2018. “A Textual Analysis on Media Panics, Youth and Sexting in Print Media in North Belgium.” In .
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Korkmazer, B., De Ridder, S., & Van Bauwel, S. (2018). A Textual Analysis on Media Panics, Youth and Sexting in Print Media in North Belgium. Presented at the 2nd Biennial International Rhetoric Workshop .
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Korkmazer B, De Ridder S, Van Bauwel S. A Textual Analysis on Media Panics, Youth and Sexting in Print Media in North Belgium. 2018.
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Korkmazer, Burcu, Sander De Ridder, and Sofie Van Bauwel. “A Textual Analysis on Media Panics, Youth and Sexting in Print Media in North Belgium.” 2018. Print.
@inproceedings{8561826,
  abstract     = {The social media use of young people has become a site of increasing public interest. Young people
experiencing with sexuality and intimacy in digital media spaces, has evoked public debates on youth,
sexuality and social media (Pascoe, 2011). Sexting in particular, has often been covered in print media
articles as a {\textquoteleft}risky{\textquoteright} youth phenomenon, leading to media panics about the alleged risks of social media.
Although the social media use of young people has been studied in previous research (Ringrose, 2011;
De Ridder \& Van Bauwel, 2013), there remains a need to understand the broader cultural discourses
on youth, sexuality and social media in print media. With this paper, we examine the discourses in
news stories covering sexting. Our qualitative research design exists of a textual analysis of print media
articles. The findingsshow that public discourses in newspapers and magazines mainly articulate youth
sexting as a deviant behavior. This deviance discourse (D{\"o}ring, 2014) is strongly linked to a gendered
representation of youth who engage in sexting, resulting in a victimization of girls and criminalization
of boys. Furthermore, the representation of youth in Flemish print media is mainly heterosexual and
white, leaving no place for discussing the sexual experiences of LGBTQ-youth or ethnic-cultural
minorities. By paying no attention to the intersectionality within the identity politics of young people,
these discourses leave little space for a more diverse and active understanding of youth sexting and
sexuality. },
  author       = {Korkmazer, Burcu and De Ridder, Sander and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent},
  title        = {A Textual Analysis on Media Panics, Youth and Sexting in Print Media in North Belgium},
  year         = {2018},
}