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BBC Research Study - Do you shout at the TV?

Posted: Thu, 28/03/2013 - 17:14


Have you ever shouted back at the radio or TV?

Lots of us get frustrated at the biased, simplistic or just plain wrong views expressed in the media, and it often touches a nerve.

Most of us watch TV and / or listen to the radio so it can be a very inclusive method of communicating with a wide range of people. The BBC wishes to increase the participation of older adults in online debates. One of the challenges is to encourage the use of technology in the process.

Grumpy Old Debate is a collaborative project including Dundee researchers and the BBC. It will be examining the current barriers to older adults using online tools for taking part in debates through the BBC. Researchers will design various software tools designed to make engagement in a debate much easier. The example they are working with is the BBC Radio 4 programme, The Moral Maze.

Although there is interest in developing technologies which older adults find more useful and easier to use, the other incentive is to widen out the debate and to make sure that all generations are included in what is considered to be ‘popular opinion’.

Researchers will be interested in talking to anyone who has listened to The Moral Maze.

There is also interest in why our generations do not use the various technologies (message boards; twitter; email; texts) available to join in these debates.

If you are interested in taking part, contact Rolando Medellin:

Tel: 01382 386584 or send a message using the response form on this website