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Marcus Wallace

2004 Research

Abstract: The Ebola Virus: "The New Hollywood Plague"

Mentor: Dr. William Youngs, History

In response to movies like Outbreak and recent TV-made movies like Robin Cook's Virus, the Ebola virus has captivated the attention of American audiences in many different ways. As a result, we see this deadly virus somewhat the same way we see a horror movie. Although we are initially scared by the effect that it could have on its victims, we are also intrigued by it because we feel like there is no possible way for us to be infected with the virus. Conversely, with a virus like HIV/AIDS that has hit closer to home, it stands out to us as a disease that is so frightening that most of the time we do not even talk about it. We have even made fictitious movies about conquering the Ebola virus (which we have not) while our depiction of AIDS in film is much more sobering. Why does our popular culture respond to these viruses very differently? Come to this presentation to find out!

Presentations

13th McNair WI Conference & Graduate Fair 11/5-7/2004

8th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 18, 2005

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