ASB 327: Disaster!, Assignment 2
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Writing Assignment: You are a disaster movie consultant
Plan B Entertainment, Brad Pitt’s production company, is planning to remake the 1997
disaster movie Dante’s Peak. Pitt was deeply moved by his experiences working with victims of
Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and is passionate about disaster relief. He has asked you to
lead his corporate responsibility team. For this assignment, you are being asked to research and
write a corporate social responsibility report about the way disasters are depicted in the original
Hollywood movie Dante's Peak.
You will need to watch the 1994 movie Dante's Peak and take notes. Then, you will
need to do the following: Evaluate the movie’s depiction of human and social responses to
disaster: which responses are realistic and which are not? Determine whether or not the movie is
socially responsible: what are potential positive or negative social effects of depicting disasters in
this way? Recommend ways that the remake could be more socially responsible than the original
1997 version. Three or more peer-reviewed academic citations
are needed for full credit.
After watching the movie (and taking notes), you can begin this assignment. Please enter your
responses in the yellow blank spaces below.
Part 1: Which disaster responses are realistic?
Identify and describe two realistic human responses to disasters depicted in Dante’s Peak. Cite
peer-reviewed academic books or articles to establish what kinds of human responses to disasters
are considered realistic.
Describe one realistic human response to disasters depicted in the movie. Your answer
should be 1-2 sentences and contain at least one citation.