ABSTRACT: Skins, a high-school drama created by the father and son writing team of Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain has been a staple of the horrendous British television industry since its inception in 2007. Widely popular among Britons, the show has also launched the careers of actors such as Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel. The show depicts itself as an edgy true representation of English teenager life, and this article will test such claims.
We will utilize the notion of sociological diffusion created in David Levi-Faur’s article “The Diffusion of Regulatory Capitalism.” While originally used to study the relationship between capitalism and regulation, primarily in Latin American countries, it has later been adapted to the study of the proliferation of independent Central Banks (McNamara 2005), among several other policy domains. I think such an ideological framework is also helpful for determining how accurately Skins projects British teenagers, with my musings and predictions about the American adaptation of Skins produced by MTV. This journal article will conclude with a question from Lindsay, simply for the fact that lindsayyouransweristoolongforfacebook.blogspot.com exceeds the spatial limits of blogspot, and while I could make a Tumblr called lindsayyouransweristoolongforablogonblogspot.tumblr.com I thought that was dumb and I do have to write my essay on the social contextual factors influencing delegation to non-majoritarian institutions in Western Europe at some point.