Outbreak w - Outbreak w/Dustin Hoffman In the fifties and...

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Outbreak w/Dustin Hoffman In the fifties and sixties, the biggest threat to the existence of man on this planet seemed to be the fact that a nuclear holocaust could happen at any minute. Hollywood, being as obliging as it always is, picked up on that theme with such films as Fail-Safe, Dr. Strangelove, Five, and On The Beach. If the bomb itself didn't get us though, Film Writers and Producers would then have us believe that some strange monstrous creature blown up to gigantic size from the effects of nuclear radiation would have us all for lunch. Eventually, Hollywood's preoccupation with the threat of earth becoming a nuclear wasteland subsided and they seemed to become more preoccupied with more mundane matters such as wiping us out via natural disasters like volcanoes and earthquakes, meteors and comets spinning around in the far reaches of space intent on making earth their target, or aliens from another world coming down and having us all for lunch instead of radioactive creatures. The more things change the more they stay the same. Besides meteors and space monsters, another very real threat soon loomed on the horizon. Because of our natural tendency to pop an antibiotic down our throats at the first sign of a cough or sneeze, it seems we may have had too much of a good thing. Someday, there may be a virus that will be immune to all those antibiotics, and when that happens it will be adiós to one and all. It took Hollywood a while to catch on to this threat, but just like they have always done they eventually gave us the cinematic equivalent. In this case it's Outbreak. The basic plot of Outbreak is simple enough. When a Capuchin monkey carrying a
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2010 for the course ENGINEERIN 305 taught by Professor Martincandell during the Spring '10 term at Rio Hondo College.

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