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12/17/2013

VIEWING ACROSS GENERATIONS, GENRES and PLATFORMS: Heroes, Aging, Dying


The recent loss of Nelson Mandela‚Äôs physical life pushed me to write the first essay in the three topic series I have planned for a while. The topics are 1) Heroes and Super Heroes, 2) Aging and 3) Dying on film.  As it happens, his life made significant contributions in each of these areas.   My hope is to juxtapose the different ways these ethical tensions are made accessible on the screen across generations, genres and platforms; adults x children, drama x comedy, live action x animation, film x television, large screen x small screen. The goal is that various age cohorts and clinicians will consider moving out of their comfort zones and view new formats and genres.  Hopefully better screen literacy will help cross cultures and generations and provide better bioethics and clinical medical ethics. Away we go into Bioethics Screen Reflections for 2014!

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