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Stuttering in the media and pop-culture

Quite a few mentions of stuttering by the media and in pop-culture.

First up, read a mothers posts about her son that has just begin to demonstrate stuttering-like disfluencies.  I’m always a big fan of these kind of posts, as they are a raw reflection of gut-wrenching humanity.

Next up, read about how “New York Jets rookie Slauson succeeding despite stutter.”  If you know me, you’ll know I’m rolling my eyes about right now…  What a (negative) prejudicial statement.  They might as well come out and said it: “Amazing story of how someone with a personal character flaw can inexplicably succeed even though they haven’t overcome said character weakness.”  The inherent flaws within much of stuttering research and pop-culture are one in the same.  In any event, this guy is a good athlete because he is a good athlete; it’s not rocket-science.

Next up, read a ‘coming of age’ post relative to learning to live with (or despite of) stuttering.  Again, it’s gut-wrenching reality in real-time.  Difference being that when I was 12, I thought I was alone–and I largely was alone.  Now, 12 year old’s have access to the internet, which means that they are not alone.

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  1. May 5th, 2009 at 14:17 | #1

    I rolled my eyes too. It seems the media tries to glamorize those who overcame the stuttering, Biden, Tiger Woods, yada yada.
    I once said that I iwsh there wa a poster of non-famous people who stutter.
    Next week, iam talking to a middle school for National Stuttering Awareness week, and I have put together a slide show of people they may recognize, and some plain old ordinary kids who might look just like them and happen to stutter.
    I think that is more powerful than that 18 Famous People Who Stutter!!!


    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    Well–it’s good to see that great minds… 🙂

    It is pretty annoying; I don’t think the media template is intentionally demeaning the stuttering population in how they generally report it–but that’s their end result. A select few can overcome their personal character-flaws / weaknesses and be successful. The rest of the weak ones continue to suffer in silence and failure… *sigh*


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