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Sound & Fury Chapter 6

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(background music) (interpreted): MOM, YOU KNOW WE'RE GOING FORWARD WITH THE IMPLANT. NEXT WEEK, PETER'S GOING TO THE AUDIOLOGIST FOR TESTS AND THEN HE'LL DEFINITELY GET THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT IN JANUARY. (interpreted): A FRIEND OF MINE ASKED ME WHY HE'S GETTING IT. I TOLD HIM YOU WANTED IT, AND THEY WERE VERY SURPRISED. HE FEELS SORRY FOR HIM. WHAT CAN I DO? YOU MEAN, YOU'RE EMBARRASSED ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WILL SAY ABOUT IT? I'M EMBARRASSED BECAUSE YOU'RE MAKING HIM HEARING SO HE'LL SPEAK WELL. MY FAMILY IS ALL HEARING, AND HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO'S DEAF. HIS AUNTS AND UNCLES ARE ALL DEAF. HE HAS A BIG DEAF FAMILY. IT DOESN'T MATTER. IT DOES MATTER. I WANT HIM TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ANYTHING HE WANTS TO BE. OH... YOU'RE SUCH A LOUSY DAUGHTER. MOM SAYS I'M A LOUSY DAUGHTER. SHE JUST SAID THAT. (interpreted): OH, NO, NO, STOP THAT. SHE SAID I'M A LOUSY DAUGHTER BECAUSE I WANT TO IMPLANT MY SON. HOW DO YOU FEEL? HOW DO I FEEL? YES, DAD, HOW DO YOU FEEL? DO YOU THINK I'M A LOUSY DAUGHTER? NO, NO, NO. Marianne: WHO'S LOUSY? MARI, MY DAUGHTER. MY DEAF FRIENDS WONDER WHO EVEN INTERPRETS FOR DEAF PEOPLE WOULDN'T LOVE HER OWN CHILD EVEN IF HE'S BORN DEAF. A MOTHER SHOULD LOVE HER CHILD THE WAY HE IS. Marianne (speaking): DEAF PEOPLE THINK THAT THE HEARING PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THEM HEARING. NOT TRUE. I DON'T MEAN TO INSULT YOU BUT PEOPLE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT THE WORLD IS CHANGING. IT'S NOT TO HURT DEAF PEOPLE, IT'S TO HELP THEM. I KNOW IT'S HARD FOR DEAF PEOPLE TO ACCEPT THIS BECAUSE IT'S LIKE THE FLOOR HAS BEEN PULLED OUT FROM UNDERNEATH A DEAF PERSON. I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT YOU STILL CAN'T STOP THE FUTURE; YOU CAN'T STOP PROGRESS FROM HAPPENING. (all talking at once) Many people: LIKE FRANKENSTEIN... MONSTERS... (interpreted): TODAY WHEN PARENTS FIND OUT THEIR CHILD IS DEAF THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE CHILD AND THEY JUST FORCE AN IMPLANT ON THEM. (interpreted): THESE PARENTS ARE SELFISH. Man (interpreted): MY OPINION IS IF YOU'RE BORN DEAF, THAT'S IT. (interpreted): YOU'RE RIGHT-- I AGREE WITH YOU. Mari (interpreted): NOW YOU'RE ALL GOING TO COME AFTER ME. WE HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE OUR SON, PETER, A COCHLEAR IMPLANT. (gasping, groaning) I WANT TO GIVE MY SON OPPORTUNITIES TO LIVE IN BOTH WORLDS. (interpreted): YOU FEEL THAT DEAF PEOPLE ARE INFERIOR SO YOU WANT TO IMPLANT YOUR CHILD IN THE HOPE THAT HE WILL HAVE A CHANCE IN THE FUTURE. IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE THINKING? (interpreted): IT'S NOT BECAUSE WE THINK DEAF PEOPLE ARE LIMITED. IT'S BECAUSE THE WORLD'S VIEW OF DEAF PEOPLE MAKES THINGS MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM. WELL, LOOK AT ME-- I WORK FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES. I'VE BEEN A SUPERVISOR OF 25 HEARING PEOPLE FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, AND I AM DEAF. (interpreted): I'M A FOREMAN AT MY JOB AND I CONTROL THE WHOLE SHOP. MY BOSS CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ME. AND I'M STONE DEAF. (interpreted): A CHILD IS NOT A GUINEA PIG. I THINK THAT THE PARENT WHO FORCES AN IMPLANT ON HIS CHILD IS NOT CONSIDERING THAT CHILD'S FEELINGS. THE BODY BELONGS TO THE CHILD. WHEN HE GROWS UP, HIS PARENTS CAN ASK HIM THEN IF HE WANTS AN IMPLANT. BUT THIS IS BEST AGE FOR HIM TO GET AN IMPLANT SO HE'LL HAVE THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE. IF WE WAIT UNTIL HE'S 15, IT'LL BE TOO LATE. YOU KNOW, WE'RE NOT TAKING HIS DEAFNESS AWAY. HE'LL KNOW HE'S DEAF. I'LL TEACH HIM HIS DEAF CULTURE. DO WE THINK THE IMPLANT CAN KILL DEAF CULTURE, YES OR NO? Others: YES. YES. OF COURSE. YES, YES, YES. ONCE SOMEONE IS IMPLANTED HE WILL MIGRATE TO THE HEARING WORLD AND WON'T BOTHER WITH THE DEAF WORLD. WE CAN'T DETERMINE WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THE TECHNOLOGY WAS AVAILABLE A LONG TIME AGO. WHO KNOWS? MAYBE WE WOULD ALL HAVE IMPLANTS TODAY. WHO KNOWS? PRETTY SOON, WE WILL LOOK LIKE ROBOTS.

NOT ALL DEAF PEOPLE CAN DEVELOP GOOD SPEECH AND SOUND LIKE HEARING PEOPLE, MAYBE JUST 20% SO DEAF CULTURE WILL PERSIST FOR MANY, MANY MORE YEARS. DEAF CULTURE IS WONDERFUL. (all cheer) Mari: I THINK AT TIMES THEY'RE RIGHT, THAT I AM BETRAYING ALL I KNOW. I STILL AM TORN BECAUSE HERE I... I TOOK IT AS A SIGN FROM THIS WOMAN "LOOK THIS CHILD IS JUST LIKE ME" "YOU KNOW, THERE'S NOTHING WRONG. HE'S PART OF OUR WORLD-- LEAVE HIM ALONE." AND THAT KILLS ME, THAT KILLS ME. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I WANT THE BEST FOR MY CHILD AND I WANT TO GIVE HIM THE BEST OPPORTUNITY I CAN. AND THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW IS THAT THERE'S THIS TECHNOLOGY NOW THAT WILL ENABLE HIM TO BECOME MORE FUNCTIONAL IN THE HEARING WORLD.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 15 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Roger Weisberg, Jackie Roth, Julie Sacks
Director: Josh Aronson
Views: 246
Posted by: gateway on Dec 15, 2008

Chapter 6: Two brothers debate about their deaf children getting a cochlear implant

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