Saw this today: ”Fox News is the number one cable news network in this country—by a wide margin—largely because it kills it with old people. If you are an old white person in the United States who watches cable news, you probably watch Fox.” — Ben Dreyfuss, “Mother Jones” FB page, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.
I fit the above demographic, but I love “Mother Jones” and dislike “Fox.” Yo, is one of my favorite magazines being ageist?
It doesn’t end there, but suggests all old people are consumed by nostalgia for the “good ‘ol days”: ”Well, it shouts about how the country ain’t what it used to be. With Vaseline on the lens, it plays the nostalgia game and confirms old people’s belief that the America they grew up in was actually as great as they’ve romanticized it to be. Everything wrong with the world today? That wasn’t a problem back in the ol’ days! Ebola? ISIS? Not in their day! The internet did it! The gays did it! The rock & roll did it! This country used to stand for something, by howdy! What is this world coming to? Where is it going?”
I’m afraid so, Terry. Any assumption about an entire generation, whether that Millennials are self-indulgent or boomers nostagia-fogged, is inherently ageist. Stereotyping is always a mistake, but especially when it comes to age, because the older we get the more different from each other we become. Some “old white people” are glued to Fox News while others mobilize against fracking.
On its website Mother Jones aligns itself with those “fighting to end discrimination.” Ageism is discrimination, the magazine is contributing to it, and I hope you’ll call them out.