Compare & Contrast The Caretaker by Harold Pinter

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1960: Many government programs for the assistance of the poor have been developed, but the efficacy of such programs begins to be called into question.

Today: Although government programs continue to help millions, many begin to doubt that the government is truly capable of offering real solutions to the problem of poverty. Focus on the assistance of the private sector grows, and there is a new emphasis on volunteerism.

1960: The domestic economy is recovering from its Postwar malaise, and the so-called "consumer culture" grows. Television becomes popular, and people are exposed to more advertising than ever before.

Today: Emphasis on consumer acquisition continues as corporate power grows and advertising becomes even more pervasive (and persuasive).

1960: New medications begin to revolutionizetreatment of the mentally ill, but psychologists and psychiatrists often blame severe illnesses such as schizophrenia and manic-depression on psychological factors.

Today: Scientific study has revealed a biological basis...

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