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Persuasive Teen Dramas

Shows how American teens can be influenced by Teen Dramas by incorporating Love and beloning
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Heather Ell

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of Persuasive Teen Dramas

Love and Belonging: The Study The Shows The Influence Smallville Supernatural The OC Gilmore Girls Maslow's Heirarchy Teen Television Dramas Series The OC
Girlmore Girls
Smallville
Supernatural Main Characters:
Ryan Atwood
Seth Cohen
Marissa Cooper
Summer Roberts Generation Y/Millenials
Those born between 1980 and 2000
Primarily pre-teens to young adults
The Target Audience: Each team member watched an episode or two of one of the TV shows, analyzing its content for Maslow’s theory of Love and Belonging
Based on accumulated data, the team drew conclusions about the persuasive effects of the theory of Love and Belonging throughout each show and in the target audience
The Procedure: divide and conquer Episode: Heartbreak Persuasion: Love and Belonging
Ryan is constantly searching for love and belonging and is unsure about the love he does receive because of his past.
He struggles to accept the genuine love offered by family and friends and tends to seek love in the wrong places
Persuasion: Love and Belonging
Society tries to persuade Lorelai and Rory that they need to strive harder to belong, when they already have a strong sense of belonging and family love
Lorelai and Rory have a strong relationship that demonstrates love and belonging, which is enough for them. Main Characters:
Lorelai Gilmore
Rory Gilmore Episode: “Like Mother Like Daughter”
Persuasion: Love and Belonging
John searches for a way to fill the void made by his wife’s death through killing demons
Sam and Dean want to be loved and to belong to their father, so they seek his attention
Main Characters:
Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester
John Winchester (father) Season 1 overview Main Characters:
Clark Kent
Lana Lang
Lex Luther Episode: “Pilot” Persuasion: Love and Belonging
Lex represents the false idea that money brings friends, love and belonging
Clark searches for love through desiring a relationship with Lana
Lana seeks love and belonging in her relationship with her boyfriend, even though he does not treat her well, and she would rather be with Clark
Persuasive Factors How is the audience affected by the Persuasive Theory of Love and Belonging?
1. Friendship Syndrome
*Emotional connection to TV characters
2. Identification
*Ability to relate to what happens in each episode
3. Behavior Imitation
*Conscious and unconscious
*Good and bad behavior
4. The End Result: a Cycle
Christian Viewpoint We were created to need and desire love and belonging
Genesis 2:18-25
Adam alone was not good; he needed Eve for relationship

Critical Viewers
TV shows tend to value the wrong kind of love and belonging

TV Dramas and Mentoring Teens
Remind them of the Source for TRUE love and belonging
Demonstrate how persuasive the TV dramas really the effects of that persuasion

IN the world but not OF it
Christian calling to be influencers of the world, not influenced by it
Conclusions Love and Belonging is a popular persuasive theme because humans were ultimately created to desire it and do not function well without it
Teenagers – and young adults – are especially susceptible to persuasion based from this theory Creators, producers, and directors of teen TV dramas like these understand the need for love and belonging and make shows that attract teens in order to gain a following that keeps coming back – the cycle Kyle Brubaker, Heather Ell,
Nate Metzger, Laura Plowman
To be continued... well... not really but
don't you hate that! The End.
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