Stereotype- Age<br />A stereotype is a commonly held public belief about specific social groups, or types of individuals. The concepts of "stereotype" and "prejudice" are often confused with many other different meanings. Stereotypes are standardized and simplified conceptions of groups, based on some prior assumptions.<br />Including-<br />Teenagers, old people, middle age and children<br />
Why they are used…<br /><ul><li>These stereotypes are used because they are used to play on the beliefs people have and gives them something to relate to on the television.
A place where you would find almost any stereotype is in a typical British soap opera. E.g. Eastenders, Coronation Street.
Stereotypes are sometimes not a fair reflection, but mostly are based on some kind of truth.</li></li></ul><li>Representation of ages in TV/film<br />
Peoplesopinions…<br />‘Sometimes old peeps have good stories and its funny when old couples fight.I often ask my grandpa to tell me about when he was young and how he and my grandma got married etc. He tells the cutest stories but she always yells at him to shut up and not annoy the grandkids with old people stories and tells him he's boring. They’re so old they can just say anything and get away with it.Its hilarious.’<br />‘baby jeebus’<br />http://board.flashkit.com/board/archive/index.php/t-633626.html<br />‘I don’t like kids because they run all over the place screaming and breaking things and getting lost and falling down and hurting themselves and then people blame the adult nearest to them for this. plus they are massively expensive, massively emotionally demanding, very gross, can not be reasoned with and ungrateful to the extreme.’ <br />wicked witch of east<br />http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091123072728AAu83Z9<br />‘The stereotypical teen is dramatic, ignorant, and weak amongst other things. Or so, this is the way they are perceived by adults.’<br />Jen M. Hernandez<br />http://www.helium.com/knowledge/38508-the-stereotypical-teen<br />‘A 40-year-old in the seventeenth century could be doing good, but they could also be suffering from rotted teeth and be crippled by poorly healed injuries or TB or syphilis.’<br />Thomas R<br />http://blog.beliefnet.com/crunchycon/2009/09/why-are-middle-aged-people-sad.html<br />
Historical context…<br /><ul><li>Has the way these groups are viewed changed over time?
Children- Always been seen as energetic and lively, and quite cute. They still are today, so really their image hasn’t changed.
Teenagers- Were originally seen as a bit threatening, and still are, but to an even worse extent. They have been portrayed in the media is getting worse, like in the newspapers, they have been blamed for “Broken Britain”.
Middle age- Their image has always been an image of grey hairs and mid-life crisis’s, and still is today in general.
Old people- Yet again, the image is still roughly the same today as it was years ago. Still seen as a bit senile, and a unable to do much because they physically can’t.</li></li></ul><li>Mise en scene<br /><ul><li>Teenagers- Viewed as always wearing hoodies, or hanging around in gangs on street corners. Also linked to underage drinking, crime and antisocialness.
Old people- Viewed as cardigan wearing, not very active, shuffling around in slippers. Tend to live in bungalows, and have Zimmer frames.
Children- Viewed as cute, entertaining, and very energetic. Adults think they can’t look after themselves, and they always want sweets.</li></li></ul><li>Relevant theories and ideology<br /><ul><li>Theorist Tessa Perkins says that behind each stereotype, there is a truth.
For example, teenagers crime rates have been rising dramatically in recent years. The amount of them that carry around knives, or are involved in anti-social behaviour is way up on past years. </li>