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Describe Popular Culture in Britian in the 1960s

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To many of the people at the time, they were the 'swinging sixties'. They were a decade when fashions changed continuously and young people appeared to have more freedom than ever before. It was a time that many people look back on with fond memories, but which others blame for some of the failings of society. Culture is an interest deeply enjoyed by ones class, race, income, wealth and religion. Popular culture is usually attributed to the working class. During the early 1960's Britain was locked into the ideas and attitudes of the previous decade, popular culture was far more fifties than sixties. However gradually during the decade the ideas of the 'swinging' sixties started to be seen throughout Britain. ...read more.

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This meant that programmes followed strict rules and had to be serious. The interviewers and presenters were highly educated English men. They had to be extremely clever, being educated either at Oxford or Cambridge University. As well as obtaining all these 'qualities' they were always white. However ITV was introduced to the public later in 1955, this meant major competition for the BBC. ITV were a lot more flexible and less formal. They weren't interested in entertaining the audience. ITV Produced a lot more entertainment which encouraged the BBC to do the same so viewers would be tempted to watch both channels. One of the first shows broadcast on ITV was 'I Love Lucy', an American comedy show. In time both channels became a lot more popular, broadcasting shows aimed at the working class people. ...read more.

Conclusion

From the formal, ultra-feminine and conservative styles of the early sixties to Mod fashions like miniskirts and hot pants. Clothing in the sixties reflected a new movement towards comfort and youthful independence. Twiggy, was probably the most famous model from the sixties. As the first teenager to become a supermodel, her impact was an instant. She was perhaps the first mass-merchandised model: at the height of her fame there were dolls, hosiery, cosmetics and even lunchboxes. She was a huge influence on British youth, and her anorexia encouraged young girls to take slimming pills. Fresh ideas came and revolution was beginning to take place. Slowly new television advertisements and programmes were being freely broadcast. Cinema was no longer dominated by the USA. The British began to change by becoming less elitist and a lot more inclusive. Thus the seeds of change took place in the early 1960's and changed society forever. The 'Swinging Sixties' were on their way. ...read more.

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