Why Old People Are More Pessimistic

In his book Popular Culture and High Culture, Herbert Gans makes an interesting point for explaining why adults can be more pessimistic about society than young people: as they age their social influence (especially in popular culture) decreases and they can transform this loss of influence into a theory of general social deterioration since their particular opinions aren’t reflected as much anymore.

I buy it.

After all, young people enjoy an artificially high level of interest from just about everyone, not only advertisers. For ambitious youth this means endless doors are open to you, if you knock.

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