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Was ist mit Cybathlon@SCHOOL moeglicherweise problematisch?

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Was ist mit Cybathlon@SCHOOL moeglicherweise problematisch?; published March 2, 2019, 11:39; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9404.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Was ist mit Cybathlon@SCHOOL moeglicherweise problematisch?}}, month = {March},year = {2019}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9404}}


Cybathlon@SCHOOL ist ein Programm, das Behinderte, Armamputierte auch, als "Material" bezeichnet und anpreist.

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Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"; published December 16, 2018, 16:24; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9017.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Promembro - Schweizer Lobbyisten wollen Hightech-Prothesen "legalisieren"}}, month = {December},year = {2018}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=9017}}


Auf ihrer Webseite behaupten Personen von Promembro, "Wir sind die Lobby der Prothesenträger/innen und schaffen ein Schweizer Netz, das auf den Schutz der Interessen der gesamten Prothesenträger/innen spezialisiert ist: Jugendliche und Ältere, Sportler und Nichtsportler, Aktive und Rentner, Kranke und Gesunde. Wir vertreten die Anliegen unserer Mitglieder sowohl bei der Bevölkerung als auch in Politik und der Verwaltung. Die Institutionen wie Procap oder Pro Infirmis sind zu gross, um sich der kleine Zahl der Prothesenträger genügend zu widmen." - Grundsaetzlich sind sie an einer Motion interessiert [link][link], an der Balthasar Glaettli und Roger Golay beteiligt sind.

Damit moegen diese Individuen glauben, wer immer sie seien - aber meine Interessen vertreten sie mit Sicherheit nicht. Sie sind niemals "die" Lobby. Da sie behaupten, sie schaffen "ein Netz", das die Interessen der "gesamten" Prothesentraeger vertreten, ist die Behauptung (oben) bereits bewiesenermassen falsch. Sie vertreten mit Sicherheit meine Interessen, insbesondere diejenigen, die ich relevant finde, nicht. Dazu fehlt es erwiesenermassen an Verstaendnis, und vor allem Respekt. Vielmehr verwenden sie die laengst abgeschmackte Piraten-Metapher, um werbewirksam auf sich aufmerksam zu machen.
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BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]; published October 25, 2018, 23:02; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8680.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: Pitch black cynicism in the Cybathlon 2020: "the role of a disabled person" [not funny]}}, month = {October},year = {2018}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=8680}}


"With that, visitors of the Cybathlon Experience (TM) can test the role of a disabled person" (können in die Rolle einer behinderten Person schlüpfen) (Oral presentation: "CYBATHLON – bewegt Mensch und Technik", 5.15pm–6.00pm, Dr. Roland Sigrist, Cybathlon, ETH Zurich, Raum E 1.2) -- I was there, one among the 8 people that made the audience of this "sold out" Cybathlon talk; amputees are there for "entertainment" (clearly one of the requirements written on a slide in the presentation) (ist es das, was wir als behinderte Personen spielen? eine Rolle, ja?).

After defining a remarkably strange prosthetic arm race, the makers of the Cybathlon 2020 now start to openly bathe us in their pitch-black cynicism.

Why? Pressing question.

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Disability as spectacle? [tracing everyday experiences to follow this proposed aspect]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Disability as spectacle? [tracing everyday experiences to follow this proposed aspect]; published June 14, 2016, 19:37; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6165.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Disability as spectacle? [tracing everyday experiences to follow this proposed aspect]}}, month = {June},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6165}}


An upcoming conference seems to hit more precisely than any other contemporary "spectacle" - from body "hacking" (featuring people that quite simply wear stock item devices) over "workshops" where participants are filmed or photographed (but do not get systematic solutions to all aspects that are shown) to "bionic" limb featurettes - the subject at the very core of the current preoccupation of society with disability is not help or support but focus. Support may only be part of making things appear right.

Actual, true, and dedicated improvement or help is not rendered. It is at best shown as sugar coating, thrown in as minimal excuse, offered as pretense, but not made a didactic or technical focus. We now need to delineate real work, real support from sugar coated symbolism that has different goals and purposes.

What is *featured* here - in that conference - is the "spectacle" aspect. What is featured in some odd "bionic" arm workshop is exactly that: they call it "help" - but they invite television to show how good they are and the focus is not on actual function but on "how it looks and appears to the public". They call it "support", but its main feature is a live stream of discussions on media channels all the while the hook remains the best prosthetic ever.

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Wieso ist das, was die Veranstalter zum Cybathlon 2016 schreiben dummblöd? (Technologieerklärung)

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Wieso ist das, was die Veranstalter zum Cybathlon 2016 schreiben dummblöd? (Technologieerklärung); published May 30, 2016, 18:18; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5521.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Wieso ist das, was die Veranstalter zum Cybathlon 2016 schreiben dummblöd? (Technologieerklärung)}}, month = {May},year = {2016}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=5521}}


Auf einer Webseite des Cybathlon 2016 (ausführlicher Kommentar hier) schreiben die Veranstalter (Impressum: Prof. Dr. Robert Riener; Redaktion: Robinson Kundert) folgenden Textabschnitt:

  • "Von Captain Hook zu Iron Man? Begeben Sie sich in unserem Museum auf eine Reise von den Anfängen der Unterstützungstechnik bis hin zur Gegenwart. Erfahren Sie, wie sich Prothesen und Rollstühle in all den Jahren entwickelt und verbessert haben. PluSport zeigt Ihnen anhand einer einzigartigen Sammlung verschiedenster Exponate die enormen Veränderungen in diesem Bereich und begleitet Sie auf Ihrem Weg zur Zukunft, dem Cybathlon. Ihre Vielfalt widerspiegelt die historische und technologische Entwicklung diverser Hilfsmittel und Sportgeräte im Bereich Behinderung. Lassen Sie sich mit einer einmaligen Betreuung von paralympischen Athletinnen und Athleten durch das spannende Museum führen. Nutzen Sie die Gelegenheit Unbekanntes zu entdecken und lassen Sie sich begeistern."

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Who explicitly spits on hooks and body powered prosthetic arm technology? [list]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Who explicitly spits on hooks and body powered prosthetic arm technology? [list]; published December 15, 2014, 20:52; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3312.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Who explicitly spits on hooks and body powered prosthetic arm technology? [list]}}, month = {December},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=3312}}


What if Captain Hook would have had a prosthetic hand put on? Captain Hand? Could have really changed things. [link] (Jonathan Tony ‏@jonathantony Dec 12, 2014)

Placing aggressive or other stereotypically negative mental images in the minds of non-disabled people has a proven destructive effect on people with a handicap.

The initial problem seems to be that non-disabled people are sufficiently insecure by themselves, even without the added bashing of disabled people that is introduced by perseverating negative stereotypes [link].

Modern wild and crazy continuations of that same concept are not better than old myths [link] [link].

One of these issues is the regurgitation of the "Captain Hook" metaphor and its effect for amputee kids (and even adults!) to not wear split hooks - despite a clear overall superiority of body powered split hooks over any other option.

To be clear on this: the wilful derision, the planned bullying of people wearing split hooks is unworthy of anyone in modern high society. Such attempts are at the level of social rules maybe encountered in a trailer park or such.

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Behinderte werden in den Medien nach wie vor ausgegrenzt [stimmt wirklich jetzt]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Behinderte werden in den Medien nach wie vor ausgegrenzt [stimmt wirklich jetzt]; published September 27, 2013, 06:22; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2150.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Behinderte werden in den Medien nach wie vor ausgegrenzt [stimmt wirklich jetzt]}}, month = {September},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2150}}


Dass Behinderte in den Medien sehr oft ausgegrenzt werden, dass über sie (statt von ihnen) geschrieben wird, ist bekannter Behindertenalltag, der gern abgestritten wird. Nun kommt es aber im deutschen Radio, und die würden es nicht bringen wenn es nicht stimmen täte.

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Iron Man 3 [discriminating content]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Iron Man 3 [discriminating content]; published May 10, 2013, 06:05; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1654.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Iron Man 3 [discriminating content]}}, month = {May},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1654}}


Obviously, good action movies also contain (possibly faked or real) arm amputees,

Fiction movie Iron Man 3 (imbd | wikipedia), directed by Shane Black (wikipedia), with movie script written at least in part by Drew Pearce (wikipedia). The last movie with a similarly weird focus that I posted about was Hancock (2008).

The "good" guy - Iron Man by Tony Stark - works with a lot of highly sophisticated prosthetic add-ons in order to be invulnerable. Through a shell, or armor, or body casing, featuring lots of gimmicks, Tony Stark turns himself into "Iron Man", a soldier that can fly and fight really hard, and that is practically invulnerable (as long as his batteries do not run out).

The "evil" guys in this movie try to be invulnerable by altering their own bodies in a more biological way - so after injecting some stuff dubbed "Extremis Virus", they not only "heal" fast, they also grow back skin, limbs, anything. They become weapon-grade soldiers without extra batteries or extra weight to schlepp around. The problem that they have is that, eventually, the one or other "evil" guy overheats and explodes.

Now as we all know, of course, missing limbs can be either fitted with mechanical or even battery driven prosthetic limbs. Or they can be re-grown, transplanted, to achieve a more "biological" solution to fixing the absence of the missing limb.

Interestingly, two amputees are portrayed on the "evil" side. There are no amputees to be seen on the "good" side.

One is a woman that appears to be an arm amputee as consequence of some injury. She later gets herself injected with the "evil" stuff which grows back her limb (but does not heal her facial scar, funnily enough). The other is a girl that appears to congenitally miss part of her right leg, but she is also the daughter of the vice president of the USA, who himself supports the evil project - obviously to get them to "heal" his daughter from being an amputee.

What are they doing there?

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AMC Freakshow [Huffington post strangeness]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - AMC Freakshow [Huffington post strangeness]; published January 18, 2013, 19:38; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1262.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - AMC Freakshow [Huffington post strangeness]}}, month = {January},year = {2013}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=1262}}


 

After BBC documentary "The Undateables" spawned quite a bit of controversy that I commented on in September, here we go again, another controversial show is announced, the AMC Freakshow. Read More

Less Than Four amputee online community is a spam magnet [list]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Less Than Four amputee online community is a spam magnet [list]; published January 2, 2012, 23:17; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=522.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1573561913, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Less Than Four amputee online community is a spam magnet [list]}}, month = {January},year = {2012}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=522}}


The Less Than Four amputee online community (lessthanfour.org) acted as spam magnet for social networking spam. The moderators apparently could not care less. Founder was Josh Sundquist.

Many of the spammers were allowed to remain as active users and actually used that to re-spam members. I have notified the website managers repeatedly but it appears that they side with these spammers. This was a peculiar behavior and I would like to know why it is necessary, in the view of the website managers of Less Than Four, that amputees were getting spammed. Obviously that was a rhetorical question. There was no reason why that should be. And so there exist no explanations or excuses either.

I am putting the spammer messages that I got so far down below, here, so we can refer to them whenever needed at any later point in time.

Update: this post was written in January 2012. The Less Than Four amputee website was closed in February 2015, three years later.

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