Teen dreams and 'Net scenes: how Channel 4 used teen drama to get under the *Skins* of youth audiences

O'Neill, Michael (2009) Teen dreams and 'Net scenes: how Channel 4 used teen drama to get under the *Skins* of youth audiences. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The interrelationships between the genre of “teen TV”, the television institution Channel 4, and online fan communities were examined with particular reference to Channel 4’s digital youth-orientated offshoot channel E4 and its recent production, “Skins”. An ethnographic comparison was conducted studying the official E4 Skins hub and use of the unofficial online forum, “SkinsIs.com”, focussing on the broadcast institutions’ intended use as a means to create consumer-led youth identities, audience consumption practices and the behaviour of fans and antagonistic communities. Wider socio-economic, cultural, political and institutional contexts were considered, taking into account developments within the television industry from the 1990’s onwards and the effect on relationships between media producers and audiences resulting from the movement away from a traditional “flow” transmission paradigm of traditional media transmission and towards an “overflow” or “spray” of diverse new digital content and imagery broadcast and made available on a variety of platforms from which users are able to construct their own media flows, identities and commentaries.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/750

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