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Peoples different opinions on the 1960s

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Why did some people have such different opinions about the 1960s 1960s was a time that many people look back on with fond memories, but which others blame for some of the failings of society. It was a time of freedom, a decade of social conflict, scandal, war, sex, drugs and rock n' roll. In an age of increased middle class wealth, for the first time in history, people had buying power, rationing was well and truly a thing of the past, the population had greater employment opportunities and people were generally better off. Music and fashion became mass-market industries and were quick to cater to the demands of the youth market. In the 60s there were many generations, which had different outlooks on life in Britain. Some people had been through very difficult experiences in the 2nd world war, many had endured hardships, poverty and rationing, which only ended in 1954. There was a younger generation of "baby boomers", who had been born after soldiers returned home from war. These people became teenagers and young adults in the 1960s. ...read more.

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Therefore fans followed them and started taking drugs and alcohol thinking it was cool, this lead to a huge increase in drugs being used and drug addiction. The older generation disaproved of the Rolling Stones and they thought they were iresponsible, reckless and a bad role model to their young fans. My grandmother thinks that The Rolling Stones were "an unruly, lewd, scruffy lot" who glamourised drug abuse. Although she liked The Beatles and The Bachelous and their music, she thought they were "Smartly dressed and had smart haircuts". The 60s was a decade when fashions changed continuously and young people appeared to have more freedom than ever before. The fashion revolution burst onto the high streets, led by designers like Mary Quant. Some adults found it hard to tell boys from girls. Both dressed in t-shirts and jeans, boys grew their hair long and girls copied the model Twiggy by cutting theirs hair short. Boutiques sprang up to sell the new fashions, which were colorful, cheap and informal. ...read more.

Conclusion

Older people, who had copied their elders when they were young and led very disciplined and restricted lives, thought that this new generation were unconventional, irresponsible and immature. My grandfather has very different views on the "permissive society". He said it started the "erosion of the family unit" and he thinks that this is still a problem in our society today. He said, "Hippies weren't interested in work, they mostly lived of benefits and were therefore idle, unemployed scroungers". In conclusion the 60s was a time of huge change, which altered peoples lives forever. Many of these changes have benefited our lives, such as the contraceptive pill, which has helped to stop the world being over populated and allowed women more freedom to go to university and to choose when to start a family. Other things such as T.V and the influence it has on society still causes people to have different opinions today. Many things like the introduction of recreational drugs have blighted the lives of people and are still a major problem in Britain today. ...read more.

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