By Megan-Jane Johnstone
Drawing on large info together with information media stories and commentaries, documentaries, courts and courtroom experiences, movies, web content, expert literature and govt and non-government enterprises, this publication explores the 'Alzheimerisation' of the euthanasia debate, studying the shift lately in public attitudes in the direction of the desirability and ethical permissibility of euthanasia as an end-of-life 'solution' for individuals residing with the affliction - not only at its finish degree, but in addition at previous phases. With awareness to media representations and public understandings of Alzheimer's ailment, Alzheimer's ailment, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia sheds gentle at the tactics contributing to those adjustments in public opinion, investigating the drivers of vexed political debate surrounding the problem and reading the style within which each side of the euthanasia debate mobilise aid, painting their rivals and utilize media applied sciences to border the phrases of discourse.
Paving the way in which for a better point of highbrow honesty with reference to a subject matter sporting major coverage implications, this publication may be of curiosity to students of media and communique, social hobbies and political conversation, and the sociology of healthiness and medication, in addition to researchers and execs within the fields of palliative and finish of lifestyles care.
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I would say that the language loss that an Alzheimer’s patient undergoes reveals that he is no more part of the social set up and that he has lost his membership of the human social environment’ (Thirumalai 2002: 5). 4 share two significant features. First, with rare exception, the comments were made by people who did not have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia; that is, the comments were all made by ‘spectators’ – television reporters, newspaper journalists, scholars, philosophers, right-to-die/euthanasia activists, and relatives and carers (this is in contradistinction to commentary made by people with the disease and who have tended to portray their disease in less negative terms).
Loss of mind, control, identity, selfhood: ‘The film chronicles Martin’s rapid deterioration into a mute, uncomprehending, nearly vegetative state… The wife watches helplessly as her husband turns into a stranger and disappears before her eyes’ (Holden 2002, film review). After the deluge (dir. Brendan Maher, 2003) • Loss of control: ‘He’s got Alzheimer’s’ … ‘So the great maestro can’t even control himself now’ (dialogue between Alex character and Marty character, film script). Away from her (dir.
Some examples drawn from the professional and academic literature, which reinforce mass media representations of Alzheimer’s disease, will also be briefly considered. Media Representations of Alzheimer’s Disease Analysis of the data collected in the context of the original study informing this present work amply demonstrated that Alzheimer’s disease (and to a lesser extent dementia) has primarily been conceptualized and represented in a metaphorical rather than a literal way in public and professional debate on euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.
Alzheimer’s Disease, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia: Constructing Risk and Selling Death in an Ageing Society by Megan-Jane Johnstone