Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Signs of Age

A social-scientific study, in which participants viewed photographs of persons over the age of seventy in order to assess visual signs of age in the elderly, has concluded that,
The main indicators of age are biological: skin, eyes and hair colour — but supplemented by vigour, style and grooming. [1]
It is to be hoped that this study will finally put to rest the long-standing hypothesis that it is principally cardigans and soup-stains that give the elderly away.
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[1] Helle Rexbye & Jørgen Povlsen, “Visual Signs of Ageing: What are We Looking At?”, International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, Vol.2:1, 2007, pp.79-80. (According to the authors, the study has value because it “questions a postmodern [Baudrillardian] fluidity of visual signs — at least when the concern is signs of ageing.” (Ibid., p.80.) Are we really at the stage where scientific research is required to re-affirm the obvious in the face of the absurd?)

4 comments:

dearieme said...

"Grooming": I'm doomed then.

David Duff said...

Those are not soup stains, Sir, I'll have you know they are my "Baudrillardian fluidity" signs.

Akaky said...

You know, you've got to admire folks with such a firm grasp of the obvious.

Graf von Straf Hindenburg said...

And specks of food in the face fuzz.