Our group will be tackling the impact of misinformation on the coronavirus response. The overall narrative flow of our subsection of chapters will begin with historical context and end with possible solutions to the problem. Firstly, the history of major pandemics will be examined in retrospect in an attempt to garner key lessons applicable to modern times and strengthen our ability to make important decisions without having all the information.
For years now, distrust of immunizations has grown and metastasized in modern society. With the increasing publicity afforded to conspiracies and extremist views, these previously fringe ideas more easily disseminate throughout the public sphere. Massive webs of misinformation can become widely circulated without the existence of proper infrastructure to control or limit its intersectional growth across social networks and the subsequent impact on society. For this reason, the message presented by public health officials and scientists to the public is essential.
Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch is a Master of Graphic Design and digital art. He has been commissioned by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post, as well as various other media companies. I was fascinated by his work from the first time I saw it. I found it exceptionally eye-catching and distinct, easily capable of standing out from the crowd. It is work like this that I think is very important during this time. At the beginning of the quarter, I wrote about the use of street art to respond to the ongoing pandemic.
The film Spaceship Earth relays the story of a project in many ways stranger than fiction. While I was skeptical of the project going in, I was surprised by the credentials and impressive careers of the individuals involved. John Allen pursued higher education at Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan. Roy Walford was a UCLA pathology professor with hundreds of published works. The crew consisted of several corporate chief executives and founders of companies.
Now more than ever, everyone is wondering when this lockdown will end and when social distancing will be a thing of the past. It appears by all accounts quite likely that only a vaccine will put an official end to this pandemic. Until such a time when herd immunity is achieved by one way or another, we will be forced to tread carefully and remain ever vigilant for a resurgence. However, the development of vaccines is an immensely complex and expensive process. Under normal circumstances, the research and development process can take up to and exceeding 10 years for a single vaccine.
The Year of the Rat and the Year of the Ox are back to back. Interestingly enough, the two are known to be nearly polar opposites of each other. The Ox is diligent and determined, able to work very hard and not give up. However, Ox are at the same time less sociable (Hox). It is ironic for this pandemic to hit during the Year of the Rat, as the Rat is seen as more social and extroverted a creature, at such a time that extroversion is deadly. Now more then ever we are required to stay apart from one another for our own safety.
It is indubitable that the agricultural revolution formed the foundation for all civilization and human expansion. Humanity depends on food and sustenance, and even today grains remain the most fundamental component of the global diet. For this reason, it is very interesting to examine the role of the resource as it relates to culture and both historical and modern society. The work of Haytham Nawar is a phenomenal contextualization of the significance of bread across people and nations.
In Chapter 14 of the Honors Book, Sarah Wenner analyzes the ethics surrounding pharmaceutical testing in animals. The message is a powerful one, evoking the horrors of cruel procedures that torture and kill animals in laboratories across the world. Various organizations and affiliates attempt to combat the use of animals in highly experimental and unsubstantiated medical trials, but these groups have covered little ground in their fight. The art of Marina Abramovich shows the effects of such barbarism on the human body, and the result is devastating.