Youth in an Affluent Society

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Baroness Mary Stocks
Baroness Mary Danvers Stocks (1891 – 1975)
Magistrate Muriel Sorenson
Magistrate Muriel Sorenson (1892 – 1984)
Conway Memorial Lecture
Conway Memorial Lecture
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Moncure Conway photo by Edward Steichen, 1907. Courtesy of Dickinson College.
Delivered at Conway Hall 15 March 1960. Chaired by Magistrate Muriel Sorensen, in lieu of her husband Reginald W. Sorensen MP who was called abroad at short notice, and presented by Baroness Mary Stocks.
Abstract

In the 19th Century, the young were exploited in terms of their poverty. Now they are exploited in terms of their (comparative) wealth. Exploitation is connected with modern mass communications, such as T.V., radio, the press. These, in conjunction with advertising, convey ideas about glamorous life-styles to which young people aspire. Advertisers persuade youngsters to buy various products, especially clothes and gramophone records. Also, sex is commercially exploited in various ways.

To combat these tendencies, society must concern itself with the further education of young people, with understanding their needs and supplying appropriate facilities and outlets.

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