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The Beatles - A comparison of sources.

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1960's Coursework Questions 1. From Source A, we can see that the Beatles were worshipped like gods and that they were extremely popular. It shows us that it was paradise for teenagers and that the Beatles entertained them a lot. Also, the people were prepared to miss work or adjust their normal routine just to see the Beatles. Source A also proves the importance of TV that was used to 'promote' the Beatles. However, we need to consider the weaknesses of source A. First of all, it is an account of one person's view and experiences. It may be seen through 'rose-coloured glasses' therefore, the actual situation may not be as extraordinary as described but exaggerated. Also, the speaker mentioned a 'Nation' idea where in fact it was only a group of people. Lastly, the speaker only described the situation in one year that is not sufficient enough to describe the Beatles' impact in the whole of the 1960's. 2. Source C supports source A in that both sources describe the incredible popularity of the pop-idols such as the Beatles and Johnny Ray. However, the impact described in source A is more extreme since the fans are willing to reschedule their normal routine just to see their idol(s) ...read more.


However, we must consider the weaknesses. Firstly, it is only one advert of one programme that is not sufficient enough to give us the full picture. In other words, we cannot use one advert in a TV brochure to describe the opportunities given in the 1960's. Therefore, it is not a useful source because TV programme cannot represent the opportunities given in a decade. Source E is an account given in the 1990's, talking about the radio programmes in the 60's. Source E clearly describes how the Broadcast industry first considered the teenagers' tastes and changed their programmes to suit the teenagers. From that, we can see how important the teenagers were seen in the society in the 60's and that it was a revolutionary change that had never occurred in the Broadcast industry. However, it is a memory that could have been exaggerated. Nevertheless, it is a useful source because it fully describes the major changes that took place on the radio which were tailored for the teenagers. 4. The 60's were seen to be a period of bad influences as well as opportunities. This is very normal since it will be difficult for the older generation to accept the new changes that suddenly took place. ...read more.


For example, new laws were established to protect publications which were previously seen as 'obscene' e.g. Lady Chatterley's lover. (D.H. Lawrence) On the stage, laws were introduced to reduce the government interference e.g. the Theatres act in 1968 abolished government censorship in stage plays. This allowed new concepts to be present in public performances such as nudity, homosexuality etc. Finally, there was one incredible change in 1960's, which was the teenagers' involvement on the world issues. This was because the number of people who went to universities in the 1960's was a new high number in history. Therefore, they were very well educated and had a strong concern for the world and its future. They were mostly concerned about issues such as environmental damage and global health problems. These issues hadn't been considered in the past because they only started to come into shape after the leading countries started to develop dangerous technology and warfare. As a conclusion, I don't agree with the statement, 'Popular culture did more harm than good'. This is because one society can only progress if it finds new ideas to work on. These beliefs will not be approved by the previous generation but that is expected because a society can only improve if it makes changes which have never been seen before. Hiu yee CHUNG 11 D Word count : 1,244 ...read more.

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