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Brown, Jane D. & Pardun, Carol J. (2004). Little in Common: Racial and Gender Differences in Adolescents’ Television Diets. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 48(2), 266-278.


The assumption that adolescents exist in a common youth culture that cuts across race and gender lines is examined. A sample of 2,942 middle schoolers completed questionnaires. Of the 7 40 television shows listed, only 4 were watched regularly by at least one-third of 4 audience segments (Black females, Black males, White females, White males). Few Whites watched any of the Black teens' top IO shows, and only 2 of the girls' top IO shows were on the boys' list. These data provide little support for the notion of a common youth culture, at least as reflected in current television programming.


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Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media


Brown, Jane D.
Pardun, Carol J.