School of music
Thinking Aloud
Elderly in Cartoons
Most people don't analyze much while watching cartoons. After all, "toons" are supposed to entertain, right? All you need a funny situation here and a witty comment there. Tom Robinson sees a lot more when he watches television. He spends hours sizing up media depictions and stereotypes of the elderly. Some are positive depictions, but many are negative. We'll talk with him about what he has learned through his study of them. Are harmful messages passed along through cartoons? Are young children developing attitudes based on these stereotypes? We're Thinking Aloud with Tom Robinson.—Original airdate: 8/17/2006

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