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How does the media shape the images of older people?

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Understanding how the media shapes images of older people is important for those concerned with issues like ageism. Younger people are frequently shown on TV, while those in older generations are neglected. This creates the impression that they are not as important, or as attractive. While older people used to be looked up to as the wisest member of society, today they are not paid as much recognition. By neglecting older people, the media contributes to the idea that they are not important members of society. Positive images of older people are rarely provided. Instead, they are portrayed as being out of touch, and one-dimensional. Those who criticize this approach feel that the media could play a role in creating a positive image.
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