Mind Your Ethics: Reflecting on Representation and Best-Practice in Reporting Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
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Whoever listens, from the relative refuge of health, to the ill or traumatized speaker holds a profound responsibility not to exploit, not to expropriate, not to use the other for one’s own ends — Charon (2006, p. 233) These words from Charon capture the ethical impulse that drives this thesis, and underpin the need for accurate journalistic representations of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). The original contribution to knowledge is a survey of the literature revealed a gap in research surrounding the ABI media praxis where informed, dedicated action, a commitment of respect to human well-being, and the quest for truth should exist. Only work on mental health such as Segall (2000), Tartakovsky (2009) and Wahl (1995, 2004) prevailed. A rare few (e.g., Ono et al., 2011) seemed to be listening from a ‘relative refuge of health’, ‘to the ill, or traumatized speaker’, to the voices of people with ABI and their right to be presented properly. New and urgent work needed to be done on how to do that and to fill in the spaces. In doing this crucial work by offering an exegesis with a creative contribution with a concept app called ‘Mind Your Ethics’ – framed by a journalist for journalists – there may now be a fresher way to assist media practices in ABI reporting. In fact, there is a dire need to do this, to engage with ABI and media research and produce more practice-led tools to improve on it.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Humanities, Language and Social Science
The original videos have not been published here. They are available from the Griffith University Library.
Acquired brain injury
ABI media praxis