Representations of age

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  • Age
    • Old age
      • Presented as Economic problems: increasing healthcare and pensions
        • (Newman)- Rich old people have a high status and especially older men are seen to have higher authority
          • Childlike - can do activities they have always wanted to do before death
    • Youth
      • Media targets the youth for profit
        • Portrayed as a social problem... (Cohen) mods and rockers .... Increase in teenage pregnancy
          • Drug problems linked to youth (Thornton)
    • Childhood
      • Romanticised. Also targeted by the media for profit.
        • Media has created a toxic childhood (postman)


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