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Age issues on Radio One

by on May 17, 2017

Having covered the debate on Radio Four, I thought I should be fair and comment on some issues of age I heard on Radio One driving home the other night (news in the morning, music in the evening – it works for me).  Greg James has a regular ‘game’ called “What’s my age again” (from a recent song) in which (mainly young from what I’ve heard) callers are quizzed as to clothes they wear, films they’ve seen, objects they remember and then Greg and an other guy guess their age.  OK so it might seem banal  but it was interesting how many stereotypes come out during that short section.  The other day it was combined with a discussion on whistling which apparently is for ‘old people’ ….of 60 who are also in ‘retirement’.  Maybe this seems trivial but its just another way age stereotypes are perpetuated .

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