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By: Peter M. Kovaric

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 17: Television, the Portrayal of the Elderly, and Children's Attitudes

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Television, the Portrayal of the Elderly, and Children's Attitudes
Television, the portrayal of the elderly, and children's attitudes
PeterM.Kovaric
Introduction

The one domain in our culture in which one finds consistent diversity is age. With markedly few exceptions, one can find people from a broad range of ages, from the very young to the very old, wherever one looks in real life. Can we expect the same from mediated life? In particular, what can we expect the young to learn about the elderly from television? Like other questions about television's effects on children, this one is really three questions in conceptually separable domains. First, what does television have to say about the elderly; that is, how are the elderly portrayed, and do these portrayals vary by type of ...

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