SRV in the News – April 17th, 2012
Due to the fact that it has been some time since I posted my last entry, I will leave several links here for you to view with a brief elaboration of the SRV themes they touch on:
The topic of elder abuse and exploitation is explored in this upcoming documentary. Previously I have posted about the devaluation that seniors face in our society. Unfortunately, it appears that practices such as the ones described in the above trailer are becoming more and more common, especially during periods of financial hardship.
In this article we see elderly people placed in the historic negative role of ridicule, as well as the role of child. Marc has previously posted about robot teddys for the elderly, and the use of robotic seals can be seen in much the same vein. The SRV theme of imagery is important in providing us with an understanding of the damage that such an object can bring. While the servers themselves may be well intentioned, the image damage for the elders who live in nursing homes that use robotic animals is truly devastating.
There has been mixed reaction in Ontario to the use of “martial arts blockers” in a class for autistic children in Barrie. In our most recent meeting of the Southern Ontario SRV Study Group, we discussed how such a practice can block efforts towards interpersonal identification of students with autism by placing them in the very negative role of menace.
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