Old

Author: 
Burnett, Cary
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2019
Record type: 
Journal Title: 
Current Writing
Source: 
Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 2019 , pp.
Abstract: 

How might the analytical article and the creative endeavour find consonance? I consider a possible approach of combining extracts from a screenplay with my own reflections on my purpose in writing the screenplay. The content applies to a global attitude towards an "-ism" that sits low on the radar of public comment or concern: age-ism. I am more direct in the title of this article: "Old." The screenplay When Granny Went on the Internet explores the notion that acquiring digital technological expertise can lead to an expanded definition of self and can empower the individual to break free from expectations around their role in the family and in society. The storyline offers a challenge to stereotypes about age and gender and suggests that New Media may provide a portal through which definitions of self can be re-imagined. Granny's story disrupts the traditional alignment between technology, patriarchy, sexism and age-ism and re-imagines it.

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CITATION: Burnett, Cary. Old . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2019. Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 2019 , pp. - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/old

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