ERIC Number: ED167099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-6
Reference Count: 0
Our Aging Population: Implications for Information and Communication Sciences.
Beattie, Walter M., Jr.
The plight, as well as the possibilities, of the aging in today's and tomorrow's world can best be perceived within a framework of the changing relationship between the information and communications systems of society and older persons. Unlike the elders in stable societies, who have traditionally served as repositories of information, the aging in modern urban societies must cope with the obsolescence of past knowledge in rapidly changing social situations. The dilemma can be characterized as that of human and social obsolescence as this, in turn, relates to information obsolescence. Our societal practices tend to categorize this increasing segment of the population as if they were essentially alike, and the mythologies and fallacies of aging are perpetuated. A number of questions need to be raised about access to and utilization of information by the aging (as well as information about the aging), their self-perception and self-concept as they respond to images presented by the media, and the roles of media and communication technology in transmitting information to and about the aging. (Author/BBM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Research Conference on Communication and Aging (East Lansing, Michigan, March 6, 1975)