BSOC210 plagues notes - PLAGUES AND THE MEDIA smallpox...

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PLAGUES AND THE MEDIA - smallpox eradication became iconic for health news media - media strategies: 3 ways in which fear is involved : 1. by speculation concerning disease potential to become gloalized 2. explicit mention of disease as terrifying/horrific 3. by comparison between AIDS and exotic disease (i.e., AIDS vs. Ebola) – “doomsday bug” - photojournalism strategies : - bright, artificial eye-catching neon-colored bacteria/viruses - scientists/physicians suited-up in white suits - locals wear minimal protective clothing - show children singly or with mothers - show white doctors singly but colored people in groups - American media formula for outbreak reporting : - formulaic coverage (address public anxiety over
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Unformatted text preview: lack of control govt/science should be managing disease- sensationalism (age of 24-hr broadcast need to keep public attention)- American metaphors (target audience/demographic)- reasons why media coverage hits the target :- Americans are often unfamiliar w/ political/medical background in the country - there is a level of trust for what the media tells us- we look for “guidelines on how to feel/react” 1993: flesh-eating bacteria outbreak ( Streptococcus pyogenes ) joke when in UK; US cases found later- Top 10 Global Infectious Diseases: Mortality 1. pneumonia 6. hepB 2. diarrhea 7. measles 3. TB 8. neonatal tetanus 4. malaria 9. pertussis 5. AIDS 10. worms...
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  • Summer '07
  • HARRINGTON, L
  • Infectious Disease, health news media, eye-catching neon-colored bacteria/viruses, American media formula, w/ political/medical background

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