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RUN — They say you can never escape a mother’s love… but for Chloe, that’s not a comfort — it’s a threat. There’s something unnatural, even sinister about the relationship between Chloe (newcomer Kiera Allen) and her mom, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has raised her daughter in total isolation, controlling every move she’s made since birth, and there are secrets that Chloe’s only beginning to grasp. From the visionary writers, producers and director of the breakout film Searching, comes a suspense thriller that shows that when mom gets a little too close, you need to RUN. Diane (Sarah Paulson), shown. (Photo by: Allen Fraser/Hulu) Early on in Hulu’s newly released film Run, it becomes clear that Diane (played by Sarah Paulson) is intentionally making her child (played by Kiera Allen) ill. She feeds her muscle relaxers meant for a dog and other unknown pills, keeping her imprisoned in their house with limited access to the outside world. While it’s never explicitly stated, it’s apparent that Diane has Munchausen syndrome by proxy, making Run just one more in a long list of movies and TV shows that have turned the mental illness into a plotline in the last several years. The condition featured prominently in The Act; It; Phantom Thread; Everything, Everything; and Sharp Objects as well. But the condition is neither new or exceedingly common. So what’s driving the current pop culture fascination? Munchausen syndrome by proxy — which is now known as Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA), according to the DSM-5 — was first named in 1977. It occurs when a caregiver (97% of the time, the mother) feigns, exaggerates, or induces illness in a child in order to gain some kind of emotional satisfaction. “It’s sometimes called medical child abuse, which is more descriptive and really explains what it is,” says Marc D. Feldman, MD, the author of Dying To Be Ill: True Stories Of Medical Deception. “It’s a serious form of abuse and it may be the most lethal form of abuse.” There are an estimated 600 to 1,200 cases in the United States each year, and six to nine percent are fatal. In 2015, the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her mother Dee Dee caught the nation’s attention. Dee Dee had a severe case of FDIA, and Gypsy Rose conspired to kill her mother as a result of the abuse, then was imprisoned for the crime. This was an unusual case, and indisputably fascinating: Dr. Feldman said it’s the only instance he’s heard of where the victim had the perpetrator murdered. There were news articles about the case, then a Netflix documentary. Finally, came the fictionalized account in the shape of Hulu series The Act. This fictionalization of disturbing news events is part of a relatively common cycle: For instance, the 2015 thriller Room was inspired by the stories of Josef Fritzl and Ariel Castro, both of whom kidnapped women and kept them imprisoned for years in hidden areas in the men’s homes. The Law and Order franchise regularly bases its episodes on recent news stories. These tales scratch the same itch as true crime podcasts and shows: While we may feel conflicted about our interest in these topics, they allow us to process our feelings about the stories, and think through how we’d act in that situation, says Sarah Walden, PhD, a professor at Baylor University who specializes in women’s rhetoric and motherhood. Stories about women harming their children, such as Casey Anthony or Andrea Yates, who both murdered their children, tend to receive outsized amounts of media coverage, Dr. Walden says. This fascination with “killer moms” may reveal a tension that exists around how motherhood, and to a larger degree, women, are viewed in society today, says Elizabeth Podnieks, PhD, a professor of English at Ryerson University in Toronto who specializes in motherhood studies. Throughout history, pressure has been placed on mothers to be perfect, nurturing, and self-sacrificing, and coverage of conditions like FDIA radically dismantles that idealized view of maternity, a juxtaposition that people find naturally fascinating, Dr. Podnieks says. “There’s a relief there for women to see a sort of breakdown of this ideal,” Dr. Podnieks says. “There’s something liberating, metaphorically, to say, ‘What would happen if I didn’t fulfill these dictates of idealized maternity? It’s a liberation of these myths of the idealized woman.” She notes that it’s similar to watching any kind of horror film: “After you watch one of these movies, from a mother’s perspective, you can say, ‘Wow I went to the darkest place, and now I’ve come back, and I see my own mothering in context — I’m not that bad of a mother’.” She calls it a kind of “psychic release.” On the other hand, the continuous coverage of a rare mental illness can be read as being reflective of “society’s and culture’s ongoing backlash against women and their power, which is denigrating to women and offensive, frankly,” Dr. Podnieks adds. Setting aside the Blanchard story, it’s no coincidence that FDIA portrayals became more common in the last four years, according to Dr. Walden. “We’ve had this huge conservative turn in the past four years in regard to discussions of women, openly misogynistic language, and a patriarchy that’s explicit instead of implicit,” Dr. Walden says. “I think this idea of fearing women and fearing what women might do in a care taking role is probably largely a result of our political context.” Power is often associated with our culture’s stereotype of the masculine ideal. Painting women as destructive or dangerous when they’re in positions of power — even if these movies show them having power over just one person, their child — directly plays into our society viewing powerful women as negative. “To me, it’s another backlash against maternal power and feminist power that we see with more women in positions of power and the rise of right-wing groups and so on,” Dr. Podnieks elaborates. “[There’s] this need to punish women who have power to make them see abhorrent and monstrous for being unfeminine, and so the mother becomes the perfect target. Her power is being seen as an evil, destructive force.” That said, Dr. Feldman believes that there’s at least one positive outcome of pop culture’s current fascination with FDIA: increased awareness. Dr. Feldman has been studying these medical abuse cases for almost 30 years, and he’s always surprised by how ominous they can be. “They take my breath away with the deviousness and potential seriousness,” he says. “Death is not a terribly uncommon outcome and I think these TV shows, whether it’s true crime or fictional, have by and large accurately depicted the severity by Munchausen by proxy abuse.” For those concerned that pop culture depictions of the mental illness may prompt copycats, Dr. Feldman says, “Perpetrators have never needed any instructions. They are very enterprising and creative when it comes to sickening their children or pets.” He says that his first book, Patient or Pretender: Inside the Strange World of Factitious Disorders, was criticized by some professionals who feared that he had provided an ‘instruction manual.'” That’s not the case, Dr. Feldman says — in the many years since, he hasn’t learned of a single instance in which the patient or perpetrator misused any of his books as a “how-to” guide. As of now, however, the causes and triggers for FDIA aren’t well understood. Although these cases are rare, Dr. Feldman says that our exposure to them via pop culture could help accelerate research on how to treat the disorder in the future. For now, he says that The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is a good resource. “The more it’s highlighted, the more likely it is to be recognized as a public health crisis,” he says. “We don’t know how to really treat the perpetrators. Judges still have never heard of it so they don’t take it seriously. Police departments and child protective services know little to nothing about it.” More awareness means children in the care of someone with FDIA may get help sooner, Dr. Feldman notes. “Any way to educate the public is a good thing.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Run's Kiera Allen Is A New Kind Of Action StarHow To Have The "Mental Health Talk" On A DateWhat The Crown Gets Right & Wrong About Bulimia
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These people may look familiar. They may look like users you've seen on Facebook, Twitter or Tinder, or maybe people whose product reviews you've read on Amazon. They look stunningly real at first glance, but they do not exist. They were born from the mind of a computer.There are now businesses that sell fake people. On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a "unique, worry-free" fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000. If you just need a couple of fake people -- for characters in a video game, or to make your company website appear more diverse -- you can get their photos for free on ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com. Adjust their likeness as needed; make them old or young, or the ethnicity of your choosing. If you want your fake person animated, a company called Rosebud.AI can do that and can even make them talk.Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York TimesThese simulated people are starting to show up around the internet, used as masks by real people with nefarious intent: spies who don an attractive face in an effort to infiltrate the intelligence community; right-wing propagandists who hide behind fake profiles, photo and all; online harassers who troll their targets with a friendly visage.These creations became possible only in recent years thanks to a new type of artificial intelligence called a generative adversarial network, or GAN. In essence, you feed a computer program a heap of photos of real people. It studies them and tries to come up with its own photos of people, while another computer program tries to detect which of those photos are of fake people. The back-and-forth makes the end product ever more indistinguishable from the real thing.Given the pace of improvement, it's easy to imagine a not-so-distant future in which we are confronted with not just single portraits of fake people but whole collections of them -- at a party with fake friends, hanging out with their fake dogs, holding their fake babies. It will become increasingly difficult to tell who is real online and who is a figment of a computer's imagination."When the tech first appeared in 2014, it was bad -- it looked like the Sims," said Camille François, a disinformation researcher whose job is to analyze the manipulation of social networks. "It's a reminder of how quickly the technology can evolve. Detection will only get harder over time."Advances in facial fakery have been made possible in part because technology has become so much better at identifying key facial features. You can use your face to unlock your smartphone, or tell your photo software to sort through your thousands of pictures and show you only those of your child.Facial recognition programs are used by law enforcement to identify and arrest criminal suspects (and also by some activists to reveal the identities of police officers who cover their name tags in an attempt to remain anonymous). A company called Clearview AI scraped the web of billions of public photos -- casually shared online by everyday users -- to create an app capable of recognizing a stranger from one photo. The technology promises superpowers the ability to organize and process the world in a way that wasn't possible before.But facial-recognition algorithms, like other AI systems, are not perfect. Thanks to underlying bias in the data used to train them, some of these systems are not as good, for instance, at recognizing people of color. In 2015, an early image-detection system developed by Google labeled two Black people as "gorillas," most likely because the system had been fed many more photos of gorillas than of people with dark skin.Moreover, cameras -- the eyes of facial-recognition systems -- are not as good at capturing people with dark skin. That unfortunate standard dates to the early days of film development, when photos were calibrated to best show the faces of light-skinned people. The consequences can be severe. In January, a Black man in Detroit named Robert Williams was arrested, accused of a crime he did not commit because of an incorrect facial-recognition match.Artificial intelligence can make our lives easier, but ultimately it is as flawed as we are, because we are behind all of it. Humans choose how AI systems are made and what data they are exposed to. We choose the voices that teach virtual assistants to hear, leading these systems not to understand people with accents. We label the images that train computers to see; they then associate glasses with "dweebs" or "nerds." We design a computer program to predict a person's criminal behavior by feeding it data about past rulings made by human judges -- and in the process baking in those judges' biases.Artificial intelligence makes mistakes, too, in those fake people it conjures up. There are common detectable flaws: earrings that do not match, a lack of symmetry, or a background that is distorted or eerily misshapen.And humans err. We overlook or glaze past the flaws in these systems, all too quick to trust that computers are hyper-rational, objective, always right. Studies have shown that, in situations where humans and computers must cooperate to make a decision -- to identify fingerprints or human faces -- people consistently made the wrong identification when a computer nudged them to do so. In the early days of dashboard GPS systems, drivers famously followed the devices' directions to a fault, sending cars into lakes, off cliffs and into trees.Is this humility or hubris? Do we place too little value in human intelligence, or do we overrate it, assuming we are so smart that we can create things smarter still?The algorithms of Google and Bing sort the world's knowledge for us. Facebook's newsfeed filters the updates from our social circles and decides which are important enough to show us. With self-driving features in cars, we are putting our safety in the hands (and eyes) of software.We place a lot of trust in these systems, but we should not make the mistake of thinking they are any more trustworthy than us.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
The Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation (CWCF) is once again supporting World Central Kitchen (WCK), a nonprofit organization that uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. Earlier this week, CWCF made a $10,000 grant to the organization to assist with the provision of meals to communities in Central America recently devastated by hurricanes Eta and Iota. The relationship between the two organizations was first established in 2019, to support relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.
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