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NPR Journo Tweets Mother’s Final Days

Posted on 07/30/2013

Politico: From a bedside in an ICU, NPR’s Scott Simon tweeted his mother’s final days.

He’s joined a wave of Baby Boomer journalists who are writing about modern death as naturally as a younger cohort writes about modern love. Twitter can often be profane. Simon’s tweets make it sacred …

Ellen Goodman, a columnist who is now working on the Conversation Project, which is aimed at fostering discussions within families and between patients and doctors about end-of-life care, says writers like Simon are reflective of our times.

“The Baby Boomers are change agents of our culture,” she said. Talking about the death of parents is one way the Boomers are changing cultural norms around death and dying, she said. And as the culture changes it may become easier for politicians and policymakers to address policy gaps “without the death panel toxicity.”

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