Young and Old
Young and Old
This chapter explores the two lower-mobility social groups: youngsters and senior citizens, particularly those in have-less families, who have also begun to turn to Internet and wireless service. It investigates the demographic change regarding these two groups of have-less people, and how they are connected to working-class information and communication technologies (ICTs) in general terms. The chapter shows that the have-less young people and their families have been affected by education reform. To have-less seniors in China today, rapid commercialization of health care and the collapse of traditional social security system have produced a unique set of imperatives for them to seek medical information themselves. The chapter also suggests that the advertising and marketing campaigns are a major factor behind the contemporary Chinese youth culture sustained online and through mobile phones.
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