Aversion to youth

Peter Wilby undermines his own arguments (20 November) about readership of newspapers today declining among the young by mentioning that the press not only ignores youth culture now, but also did so when rock'n'roll came to town in the 1950s. Plus ça change?

If anything, aversion to youth was more fearful in the days I pitched into my teenage years: beach battles between mods and rockers gripped the media; peace marches horrified the establishment; the film Brighton Rock was taken almost as a documentary of youth mores, while the peaceful flower children a generation later were mercilessly mocked. I would contend that today the trend in the media is to demonise or trivialise adults while pampering those of tender years and romanticising their position.

Chris Oldman

This article first appeared in the 04 December 2006 issue of the New Statesman, Nation of fools