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Rise Of Skywalker Could Trigger Epileptic Seizures
The Epilepsy Foundation and Disney warn that those with photosensitive epilepsy might want to see the movie with a friend who could warn them when the flashing lights come on...
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just weeks away, but those who have photosensitive epilepsy may want to take certain steps before viewing the film. Walt Disney Studios and The Epilepsy Foundation have warned viewers that "the film contains several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy."
Disney isn't saying exactly what those sequences are, since the plot of the ninth and final movie in the Star Wars series is tightly guarded. But the Epilepsy Foundation offers numerous tips for those who are sensitive to lights, including asking a friend to see the film first and then attending with them, asking them to indicate scenes with flashing lights so the affected person can block his or her eyes.
In science fiction writer John Varley's award-winning 1984 story Press Enter, a sinister AI arranges for a computer display to induce epilepsy:
(Press Enter, by John Varley)
... then the screen started to flicker. I stared at it for a while. It seemed to me that there was an image trying to form on the screen. Something three-dimensional. Just as I was starting to get a picture of it I happened to glance at Lisa, and she was looking at me. Her face was flickering. She came to me and put her hands over my eyes.
"Victor, you shouldn't look at that..."
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