Subject Term: Unconscious Bias

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over

From Nell Irvin Painter’s site:

“How are women and artists seen and judged by their age, looks, and race? What does it mean when someone says, ‘You will never be an artist?’ Who defines what ‘An Artist’ is and all that goes with such an identity, and how are these ideas tied to our shared conceptions of beauty, value, and difference? Old in Art School is Nell Painter’s ongoing exploration of those crucial questions. Bringing to bear incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.”

Design Matters with Debbie Millman: Lynda Barry

From the Design Observer site:

“For nearly three decades, Ernie Pook’s Comeek could be found in alternative weekly newspapers across the country. With clear block lettering and kind of hairy, pimply drawings, Lynda Barry chronicled the everyday adventures of a boy, Ernie Pook, and a girl, Marlys Mullen. Comics have never been the same. Her books have also been extraordinarily influential. Her first illustrated novel, “The Good Times are Killing Me,” came out in 1988, and her latest, “Making Comics,” was just released. She’s a professor of interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and very recently won a MacArthur fellowship. On this episode, Lynda talks to Debbie about learning how to draw, and the damaging effects of one’s own opinion.”

Images of Old Age in Youtube: Destabilizing Stereotypes

This article presents an analysis of the most viewed YouTube videos under the labels ‰Ű÷old age‰ŰŞ, ‰Ű÷older age‰ŰŞ and ‰Ű÷senior citizens‰ŰŞ. As powerful sources that transmit cultural information which either perpetuates or undermines cultural stereotypes at a worldwide level, channels of information such as YouTube offer a valuable glimpse at those images of ageing and old age which are shared and consumed by nowadays viewers. This study offers an analysis of the representations of older people as well as the contexts in which they appear taking into account previous studies which focused on the representation of older people in media. The results reveal a broadly positive representation of older people, with the majority of the videos portraying a counter-stereotypic image of this age group. This overall trend represents an interesting and destabilizing path that strengthens the efforts pursued against ageism and age discrimination in our societies.

The Emergence of the Creative Ager

Drawing on data from interviews with older adults regularly involved in creative pratices in their daily lives, Gallistl explores the meanings they attach to growing older within these practices.

A Scoping Review of Research on the Arts, Aging, and the Quality of Life

Artistic engagement has been identified as a promising way to improve older adults’ quality of life (QoL) and health. This has resulted in a growing, yet diverse, knowledge base. The purpose of this scoping review was to describe and map the nature and extent of research conducted on the arts, aging, and either QoL or health for well older adults.

The Social Construction of Old Age in the Modern West: A Literature Review

Like all social processes, the very essence of aging is socially constructed. Our notion of what it means to grow old is constantly shifting, different now in this moment of ‰ŰĎrapid graying‰Űť than in centuries past, and no doubt different than it will be in the future. Our understanding of old age is produced and reproduced by political climates, religious movements, medical advances, and especially now, the ever-present media discourse.