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Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain why some people came to see the 1960s as a period of bad influences on British society.

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Use Sources F and G, and your own knowledge, to explain why some people came to see the 1960s as a period of bad influences on British society. In both sources F and G there are facts implying that some people believed that the 1960s was 'a period of bad influences on British society'. Source F is an extract from an article in the Daily Mail. It is a primary source as it was published on 25th May 1964. There are many issues raised in this article that suggest there were bad influences in the 1960's. The source is primarily based upon the actions of Mary Whitehouse and her thoughts on the 'Bad influences' of television. Firstly she believed that Christian writers found it very difficult to get their work screened on BBC TV. This suggests that the BBC were disregarding the more traditional and religious television programmes and therefore 'good and clean' television were not being shown on TV. ...read more.

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Firstly the article is base on Mary Whitehouse and her views on BBC programming. There are no other views mentioned apart from hers and they therefore can be bias as she will give only her view which in this case is completely one sided. Others may disagree to her views and she may only be the one person in the campaign supporting the 'Women of Britain Clean Up TV Campaign'. Nothing is certain in this source as she is very bias in her opinions. Mary Whitehouse is promoting her campaign through the newspaper and therefore will try again to be bias and against television programmes in the 1960s just to get publicity. She wants to raise the awareness of her campaign and therefore may exaggerate the truth just to get support on her side. The article is mainly all for publicity and the views raised in the article are probably overstated. ...read more.

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For this reason they may have been influenced by Joplin's actions, resulting in the fans taking drugs. They would see their role model take it and therefore feel safe themselves to take it. Nothing of this sort would have happened previous to the 60s as drugs were not as commonly used. During the 1960s drugs became more and more widely used as people thought it was a trendy thing to do. They did not know the effects of drugs on health and therefore the usage of them in the 60s increased rapidly. This could be a reason for some people believing there was a bad influence in the 1960s. Janice Joplin was a rebellious teenager in the 1960s. She may have represented other teenagers at her time as they could have also been disobedient. This would show that the 1960s changed the lives of teenagers in negative ways. Teenagers before the 1960s were fine and as the new opportunities for them developed they became more rebellious. Nikesh Hirani ...read more.

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