Wednesday, May 23

How can young television producers/writers empathise?

The original thinking man’s crumpet, Joan Bakewell, puts the case for ageist diversity: “Let’s stop lumping everyone over 60 into this strange group called ‘the old’.” I suspect divergence can be a problem within the so-called boomer generation, let alone conflating the views and values of everyone between 50 and 90. I have friends in their mid-50s I’ve known since they were teenagers, and still view them as kids. Likewise me to my old golfing partner who whinges about being caught for national service. I have neighbours that have ten years on me who are from a different generation (and thirty-something neighbours who originate from another planet). The world moved at such a pace during the 60s/70s/80s, a mere five-year age gap can make the difference. Identity politics…they don’t know the half of it.

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