About Matthew Eppinette
I have worked in both the non-profit and for profit sectors in communications, new media, and information technology. A chapter I wrote, “Human 2.0: Transhumanism as a Cultural Trend,” appears in Everyday Theology: How to Read Texts and Interpret Trends. It is the preview chapter for the book, so it is available as a PDF on the publisher’s website. I am also a contributing author to The New Media Frontier, having co-written chapters on podcasting & vlogging and on bioethics & blogging. I co-wrote and served as associate producer for the documentary film Anonymous Father’s Day, which explores the stories of women and men who are the children of sperm donors. The film premiered in New York on January 29, 2012, and in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012.
I have started a number of blogs over the years, some exploring film, some exploring bioethics, and some simply collecting random things that I may want to reference later. I’ve finally decided to aggregate all of that information at 2BHuman because for me, part of what it means to be human is to learn and grow and remember. Think of 2BHuman as an opportunity to look over my shoulder.
About Hollywood Bioethics
Hollywood Bioethics is a one to eight-week teaching series exploring the nexus of theology, bioethics, and popular culture—primarily but not exclusively in film. In it I present a number of bioethics issues, explain what they are, demonstrate their portrayal in popular culture, and introduce a biblical / theological framework for exploring them.
As a launching point, consider the fact that enduring stories generally share a three-act structure: introduction, complication, resolution. Similarly, the “story” of bioethics can be told in three acts: taking life (abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia), making life (reproductive technologies, stem cell research, cloning), and faking life (neuroethics, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, transhumanism).
Please Note: The views I express here and in my other speaking and writing are my own and do not necessarily those of any organization with which I am affiliated.