Young people in our focus groups and interviews regularly commented on media texts and their representations of the world as being either ‘real’ or ‘unreal’. In this chapter we argue that these judgements about reality can often be read politically because they can reveal young people’s understanding of where power lies in society and how they attempt to position themselves in relation to sources of power. Thus, this chapter helps us to begin to consider our broader question of how young people use popular culture politically. We also begin to distinguish between the ways in which different forms of popular culture are used differently by young people to express their relationship to sources of power.
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