By Charles A. Riley II
Long ago decade, the mass media stumbled on incapacity. Spurred by means of the box-office allure of superstars similar to the overdue Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox, Stephen Hawking, and others, and given momentum by means of the luck of Oscar-winning video clips, well known tv exhibits, best-selling books, and ecocnomic web pages, significant media businesses have reversed their past process hiding incapacity, bringing it in its place to middle level.
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She believed in the reality of that book-created world, however, because everyone else around her confirmed its existence. ”7 Ozick follows Shattuck into the thicket of the plagiarism accusations and considers Keller’s authenticity in a long profile of Keller that appeared in the New Yorker. As a fiction writer and critic long associated with identity politics, Ozick makes a fascinating match with Keller for a review article of this kind. Most of her long profile is a straightforward hagiography of Keller the disability rights activist, but the primary agenda is a celebration of Keller the writer.
When a celebrity is “stricken”—Christopher Reeve, Michael J. Fox, Montel Williams, or Lance Armstrong—the editors and producers of national news organizations fall all over each other to run a mass-market variation on the theme, but in terms of narrative structure the celebrity story is simply the same notes scored for a symphony orchestra rather than a string quartet. This plangent melody is also important to the house organs of the major disability organizations, which play their versions as fundraising anthems.
The article raises a couple of interesting philosophical points, including the eradication of the disability distinction in yet another way: It is perhaps a short leap from a position that people with disabilities should have a full range of opportunities to the position that people labeled as disabled are, in fact, not disabled at all. Indeed, one could suggest that the professional community has somehow confined such individuals through unflattering descriptions that say more about the limitations of Western society than the limitations of people.