“I grow old, I grow old / I shall throw out my Dixie Chicks discs.” — Apologies to T.S. Eliot
Although it is not nice to characterize people broadly because of some attribute, it may be unavoidable in this case. Old people are, indeed, crabby. (Author’s note: Age is a relative thing.) VH1 conducted a poll of Americans. Americans ranging in age from 20 to 50+. A telephone pole with a random selection of respondents, not a “Dial this special 900 number and let us know what your think, or go to our website and log on to express your opinion.” More of a straight poll, the likes of which are typically reported by media that don’t produce or program “a wide variety of music-based series, specials, live events and acquisition-based programming that keeps viewer in touch with the music they love.” (Acquisition-based programming? Is that like the Home Shopping Network?)
Anyway, the main question of the poll is: “Recently, some popular entertainers have made public statements or produced material that either supports or opposes current political events. [Hmm. . .whatever could they or that be. . . ?] How appropriate do you think it is for celebrities to express these types of opinions in public, whether at awards shows, press conferences, concerts, in songs and videos, etc.”
There is almost a smooth mathematical slope to the increasing number of those who felt it is “Inappropriate.” As in: 20-29: 34%; 30-39, 49%; 40-49, 60%; 50+, 63%.
There is, it seems, a certain sense of frugality that comes with age: in response to “Throw out anything you own by them,” while 13% of those who are 20-29 said that they would, only 12% of the 50+ group would go to the recycle bin with it. Perhaps they’re the ones who are really into acquisition-based programming.