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This Is Just Wrong, What's Your Thoughts?

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This Is Just Wrong, What's Your Thoughts?

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Man's final moments to be broadcast
The moment a dying man makes his "final breath" is being broadcast in a new BBC science series.
The second episode of Inside The Human Body, to be aired on BBC1 next month, sees 84-year-old Gerald die at home surrounded by his family.
Presenter Michael Mosley told the Radio Times that some people would criticise the broadcast, but he said it was important not to "shy away from talking about death and, when it's warranted, showing it".
He said: "I know that there are those who feel that showing a human death on television is wrong, whatever the circumstances.
"Although I respect this point of view I think there is a case to be made for filming a peaceful, natural death - a view shared by many who work closely with the dying."
The series covers the moment of conception, a baby's first breath, the body's development to adulthood, and the way the body defends itself.
Gerald's death is filmed in the second episode, which looks at the body's survival mechanisms.
It features a man who can hold his breath for nine minutes, another who can swim in water so cold it would normally kill, and a woman who has lived for 10 years on a diet of crisps.
The final part of the episode, broadcast at 9pm on May 12, examines what happens when the body gives up its fight for survival.
Mosley told the magazine: "We met many wonderful people while making the series, but Gerald was special. We were privileged to share, with his family, his last few weeks and the moment of his final breath."
Programme-makers approached a number of hospices and cancer charities to find someone who was willing to be filmed in their dying moments.
A hospice in Pembury, Kent, put programme-makes in touch with Gerald because they said they felt it was "important that life-threatening illness and death is discussed and understood more in our society".
When Gerald, who was suffering from advanced cancer, was approached about being filmed in November last year, he said he hoped it would help others.
"I don't want to die, but pretty evidently unless some miracle happens, I ain't gonna be here very long... I'm not frightened.
"I don't believe that it'll be just like cutting off some tape with some scissors, though it might be. But either way I have blind trust that I shall not disappear completely," he said.
He died on January 1 this year, at home and surrounded by family, after vowing to see in 2011.
Mosley said: "The death of a loved one is a hugely significant moment in all our lives, but not something to be feared.
"I watched my own father die. Just before the end he decided to start singing. He sang for several minutes and then he stopped and he was gone. I'm so glad I was there and the time I spent with him before his death are among the many memories that I treasure."

Source...http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/tv-radio/mans-final-moments-to-be-broadcast-2274869.html
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Sounds ok to me.
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A hospice in Pembury, Kent, put programme-makes in touch with Gerald because they said they felt it was "important that life-threatening illness and death is discussed and understood more in our society".
When Gerald, who was suffering from advanced cancer, was approached about being filmed in November last year, he said he hoped it would help others.
"I don't want to die, but pretty evidently unless some miracle happens, I ain't gonna be here very long... I'm not frightened.
"I don't believe that it'll be just like cutting off some tape with some scissors, though it might be. But either way I have blind trust that I shall not disappear completely," he said.
He died on January 1 this year, at home and surrounded by family, after vowing to see in 2011.
Mosley said: "The death of a loved one is a hugely significant moment in all our lives, but not something to be feared.
"I watched my own father die. Just before the end he decided to start singing. He sang for several minutes and then he stopped and he was gone. I'm so glad I was there and the time I spent with him before his death are among the many memories that I treasure."

sounds good enough reasons to show it
your choice, you dont have to watch it
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Can't see the point of it - definitely not what I'd call 'entertainment or education'.
Many other choices when it is on Smiley
Has 'apparently' been done before although in this case the BBC admitted that the subject (an Alzheimer's sufferer) fell into unconciousness and actually died three days later.
All rather goulish for national TV, in my opinion.

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I thought it sounded familiar.
Very thought provoking but I don't have  a problem with it if all concerned don't either.
@Steve I do understand your feelings though.
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I shan't be watching, but see no ethical objections in principle.
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Agree with Mav, cannot see the point of it.                                                                                       
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Yes Pierre-Pierre I am aware I don't have to watch It, And I understand the thinking and logic of It, I just wanted you guys thoughts on It. Not entertainment Is It?
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Death is a largely taboo subject in our society, anything that breaks down that taboo is good as far as I'm concerned.
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Doesn't worry me much really either. It's not like we don't watch it on fictional shows / films is it.
Its acceptable if its fake but unacceptable if its real?
I really don't see any problem with it.
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Death is a largely taboo subject in our society, anything that breaks down that taboo is good as far as I'm concerned.

I agree with that sentiment but I certainly don't want to 'intrude', even if invited through the medium of TV, on other's grief.
We all get enough of death with our own loved ones why would we want to watch others? Just my feeling on the subject.

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It is part of our taboo that causes that pain, some societies deal with death in very different ways.
As for this particular death, clearly all involved consented and you and I as viewers are free to not watch, I really can't see a problem.
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Why use TV License money for a programme that Is not what you would want to come home and watch after a hard days work with a pack of popcorn? Death Is no taboo, Its certainly a very  private affair&always should be, Will be Interesting to see how many tune In and how many complain to the beep.
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Just Ignore me I am going to answer my question, Q.Is It entertainment? A.Well I suppose It could be It would depend on the Individual. Sad
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I Guess if those taking part have no problem with it then that's ok as no one is compelled to watch.
I Will not be watching as I have seen the real thing far to many times in my life.