Autism Watch: 2007

Autism on TV

Posted on: January 29, 2008

Finally, someone has the cajones to take on the vaccines vs. autism story. I don’t know that the show itself is any good, and from what I hear about the previews, it’s probably not a show I’ll watch otherwise, but the premiere episode of Eli Stone apparently takes on the issue of vaccinations causing autism.

The Associated Press does a good job of covering it here: TV Drama Perpetuates Autism Myth, though I’d have preferred a better title of the article. Newflash, writer: It isn’t a myth.

Sure, that’s just my opinion, but it’s a pretty popular opinion anymore.

I think the scariest part of the whole article is where cancellation of this episode is encouraged because people might come to the conclusion that they should educate themselves about the possibilities that the current vaccine schedule is too aggressive. In other words, people might <gasp> think for themselves.

Scary too that it’s not okay for parents to make their own decisions, no matter what inspires it. Amazing that with all the garbage allowed on TV, things that truly could cause problems by encouraging certain behaviors, this show is being questioned for this reason. (Yet the commercial for it, including the sex scene shown during daytime hours, isn’t questioned?)

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2 Responses to "Autism on TV"

It is unfortunate that many people’s sole source of education on matters including science and medicine are TV shows.

That’s why we have to hope that shows with extreme viewpoints aren’t cancelled — if these shows can be used as a nudge to research, good. I don’t think the average person is so easily influenced as to take the word of a fictional television show as gospel, but if they get an idea and head to the library for more research, or if it makes them ask their doctors questions, even better. Most people’s sole source isn’t tv shows, but the reality is that it’s one of the fastest ways to get a message across, and it shouldn’t be stopped.

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