Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Name is Dr. Death, and I'm Here to Entertain You

Death as entertainment?

The filmmaker Barry Levinson has undertaken a film on Jack Kevorkian, with Al Pacino set to portray Dr. Death.

Ironically, the HBO film is titled "You Don't Know Jack."

If you'd like to get acquainted, there's no better resource than Not Dead Yet.

In some respects, Kevorkian is old news, but remember this. Kevorkian solicited people to serve as examples in his cause, he ignored the idea that many who approached him were in the midst of despair and depression and killed them. A paper written by Steven J. Taylor, Ph.D., of Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University in 2000 notes that while some of "Kevorkian's victims had chronic conditions or disabilities such as muscular dystrophy (ALS or "Lou Gehrig's disease"), multiple sclerosis, quadriplegia, emphysema, cognitive disabilities, or other long-term conditions" other "victims had histories of depression or alcohol or drug use, and, in some cases, had no discernible physical illnesses or conditions."

1 comment:

Carter said...

I'd like to know more about the movie--it might not be poisonous. But thanks in particular for the link to Not Dead Yet. The explanation of the "golden mean fallacy" is something everybody, everywhere ought to read. We're assailed by such things at every turn, and moderation in the pursuit of evil is a serious vice.