Second Place

Introduction: Dina El Dessouky

Lecturer, Writing Program




Eleanor Wilson

"Leading the Charge and Facing the Consequences: The Role of Teenage Girls in Pop Culture"

Instructor: Dina El Dessouky

“Through my research I was interested to find solid evidence that links internet cruelty with increased depression, anxiety and internalized misogyny.”

- Eleanor Wilson

My paper is an analysis of the strong role of young women in cultivating successful musicians and other pop culture phenomena. Writing this paper was a challenge in terms of sources, as I used multiple Reddit posts and Tweets to support my argument, but considering this type of topic, centering on the internet, these sources worked especially well to highlight the exact issues that I wanted my paper to focus on. I managed to find the pattern I suspected, which was teen girls creating major success in pop culture. I discussed One Direction, BTS, and The Beatles, but the pattern continues as far back as composer Franz Liszt and I’m sure beyond that. All of these artists’ careers have been supported by young women. Another clear connection that I was able to make was the feeling of shame created in young female fans in how they’re treated and spoken about on the internet. I went into this paper with that as a hypothesis but through my research I was interested to find solid evidence that links internet cruelty with increased rates of depression, anxiety, and internalized misogyny.

 

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