Childrens Writer John in the garden Playing goodies and baddies Janet in the bedroom Playing mummies and daddies Mummy in the kitchen Washing and wipingRoger Mcgogh Daddy in the study Stereotyping
Cultural generations are cohorts ofpeople who were born in the samedate range and share similar culturalexperience.The idea of a cultural generation, in thesense that it is used today gainedcurrency in the 19th century. Source: Wikipedia
Ascribing universal attributes to abroad generation is difficult, andsome observers believe that it isinherently impossible.
Write a short COMMENTARY on the following To ascribe certain features to a whole generation – either positive or negative – is a useless, even dangerous, exercise.
Introduction (state the topic in my own words)Newspaper and TV headlines that comment on theyoung generations have become very common. Moreoften than not young people are portrayed as rude,lazy and unreliable. This is simply not true, this isstereotyping. These reports may help to sell papers orattract advertising but, in my view, they are pointlessand sometimes dangerous. (55 words)
Paragraph 2 – Viewpoint 1Why is stereotyping pointless? To begin with, youngpeople, by definition, are growing! So, it is true thatsome teens have not found their way, yet; they mayfeel insecure, sometimes be outspoken, and even actarrogantly. ‘Calling them names’ is not the way totackle the problem, and if we forget this we aredenying young people the opportunity to grow. (62 words)
Paragraph 3 – Viewpoint 2Why is it dangerous? When we stereotype people, wedo not see them as individuals and we address themfor what we think they are, and not for what theyreally are. As a consequence, young people may startbehaving according to that image we convey of them,as they do not understand what is expected of them. (58 words)
Paragraph 4 – Opposing ViewSome people claim stereotypes are harmless and theyjust make it easier for us to deal with reality. Thatmight be true, but we should always be carefulbecause stereotyping may lead to prejudice andprejudice is the basis of discrimination. (41 words)
Conclusion– summaryAll in all, I would say that by far the disadvantages ofstereotyping outweigh the advantages. Therefore, themedia should be extremely careful or simply avoid italtogether. Stereotyping may draw bigger audiences,but at what cost. (37 words) (Total: 253 words)