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25.9.07

Stephen Fry seems to have started a blog. Only one (immensely long, iPhone-related) post so far, but this goes straight to the feedreader.

Seen QI? Go to Youtube and look around for QI Fry or some such search string. You won't be sorry.

6 Comments:

Blogger ø said...

I read his blogpost yesterday. Had no idea he was such a seriuos nerd. Fascinating.

September 25, 2007 7:47 pm  
Anonymous Martin said...

Apple-nerd + manic depressive (and thus, no impulse control) = house full of macs. I saw the documentary he made.

September 26, 2007 4:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secret life of the manic depressive. Yes, he's brilliant, but the documentary is skewed. His ego is overshadowing the terrors of manic depressive people's everyday lives. Lithium may not be his drug of choice, but thousands of people would never survive or function without it.

Still he is brilliant and I think I should see Peter's Friends, or Wilde, some day soon.

September 27, 2007 10:43 am  
Blogger mrtn said...

Really? I have to admit I thought the documentary wasn't skewed, but quite cleverly balanced. He was healthily skeptical about lithium, but there were quite a few interviews with people who wouldn't be able to cope without it (especially the interview with Richard Dreyfus, I recall). I thought the perspective was right where it needed to be: take the drugs if you have to - and some people have to - but think twice. There is rampant overmedication in some parts of psychiatry, so I think that's a healthy perspective.

The best thing in the films was where he said that he'd asked people whether, if they could push a button, make the illness go away, would they? Almost all of them said no. That was an incredibly interesting observatoion, I thought.

September 27, 2007 2:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am willing to moderate my criticism, you are pointing at some relevant issues there, I agree. Stephen Fry is a sensible man and his opinions are well worth listening to, especially in times of overmedication and Big Pharma along with National Health Care operating sometimes on the edge of basic human rights. But he is an artist, and his worst nightmare would probably be his creativity taken away, so I was not surprised when he concluded that he wouldn't be medicated "for all the tea in China". The button question was exciting, but wouldn't more socially challenged interview objects have pushed it?

(All in all it was a stunning documentary, indeed.)

September 27, 2007 8:20 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

His blog is a clever marketing ploy. I wonder how much they pay him.

September 28, 2007 8:00 pm  

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