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Dr. Carl Nelson 100:LC/LK
[Freely adapted from Assignment Question 1 on page 20]
In “The Made-to-Order Savior” Lisa Belkin describes controversial medical technology that enables parents to conceive a child genetically configured to be a bone-marrow donor for another child. She cites critics who question the right of these parents to “manipulate nature.” Use Belkin’s discussion to consider Sherry Turkle’s “Alone Together.”
Based upon how Turkle and Belkin would likely respond to the (bio)ethical question on page 7: “Once the technology exists, who decides how to use it?,” do you believe ‘lay’ people (i.e., patients, patients’ families, & consumers of cyber technology) need ethicists’ (or federal regulation) help or can lay consumers — if properly educated about ethical ramifications — be their own responsible ‘experts’ regarding use of new technology? You probably should consider whether Turkle’s definition of ‘authenticity’ or Belkin’s sense of ‘human nature’ is more realistic/relevant to your findings.
Hints: each question does not need to be answered (but some considered).
- How do you view the issue of “rights” or human “authenticity” in both essays?
- Do you want to examine “slippery slope” (Belkin 7) in both readings?
- Do financial drives, media coverage/bias, or federal regulation tie to a solution?
- Do you find the sentiment “I believe in love and science. Nothing more, nothing less” (Belkin 16) relevant, or not, when compared to content from Turkle (272)?
- Do you believe ethicists could endorse some shared patient/consumer protocol (tied to self-determination) for both readings’ most dire situations?
Drafts need to be typed and stapled. You MUST provide substantive quotes from Turkle and Belkin in all body paragraphs. Body paragraphs should draw connections between both authors, but this does not mean you need to find absolute agreement between them. Your introductory paragraph should conclude with a thesis declaring your position and line of analysis. Try to use your best grammar and most effective paragraph transitions. Rough drafts: 4 pages. Final draft: 5 full pages (or more).
Rough Draft March 29
Final Draft April 3