You will apply the concepts from this section to create a video essay on your personal experience with COVID-19. Using primary sources that you have access to (social media, personal correspondence, public news media), construct a story of the COVID19 pandemic from your perspective. Compare and contrast COVID-19 with the other pandemics presented in this section. Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, bias and context of your sources of information on COVID-19.
Incorporate your primary sources through the inclusion of images, screenshots, video clips and voice over. Your essay should have a clear point of view. You may construct your video essay using the voice narration tools of PowerPoint, or the video editing and recording capability of your cellphone, iMovie, MovieMaker, or other editing software. While this is not a video production techniques class the quality of your video, legibility of images, and intelligibility of audio do need to be clear enough to be easily understood.
The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic is not universal. The experience, emotional response, observations, and analysis of the events and of society are personal. Use these as the core elements of this video essay. Your essay should clarify how you made meaning out of the pandemic and corresponding social and economic changes. Include reflections and things learned from the section readings on other epidemics, pandemics and plagues.
Your video essay should be 2 -5 minutes in length.
· Video includes primary sources; sources are evaluated for bias, strengths, and weaknesses.
· Compare historical analysis presented in this section with primary sources; comparison highlights larger societal impact, progress and context of events.
· Video has a clear message and point of view.
Please upload your video to YouTube and submit the link to this dropbox. Please make sure your YouTube video is set to unlisted or public. Your YouTube video will then be shared with classmates for critique.
Assignment Learning Goals:
· Identify communication as an interactive, purposeful, and consequential process.
· Design and implement strategies and media that adapt to context and evoke an intended outcome.
· Design and implement effective strategies to find relevant sources based on purpose. Critiques biases, strengths, and weaknesses of information sources.
· Develop your personal method of theatre/drama as contagion.
The story of disease is a drama pitting humans against illness.
Epidemics, pandemics, and plagues have swept through human history changing the shape of medicine, art, science, and society. A pandemic is defined as a disease prevalent over the whole country or world. Through the actions of a pandemic, the organism that is society can be observed as humanity is reduced to statistics, data, and metrics. As we will see in a later section, this characterization is based on the modern medical model of disease transmission. This historical overview of plagues and pandemics highlights cultural responses and societal changes that came about in response to disease. The society we live in was shaped by the diseases that we have survived as a species.
Art is a method for sharing the reality of what it is to be human in times of crisis. The experiences of each individual defines the reality for that individual. Culture is created when individuals share experiences, create language, and make meaning together. This culture then exerts influence on the experiences of the individuals, thus reinforcing the shared experiences and further strengthening the identity of the individual as part of that culture. The influence of culture is present in all artistic works. Through these artistic representations of health, illness, and disease, we can explore the cultural, social, and political side of a pandemic.
Humans throughout history have struggled to define health of the individual and health of society. In this section we will explore how health is a social, relational and cultural concept and disease is anthropomorphized as the antagonist in this drama. While reading the overview materials in this section consider your own response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
· Can a society fall sick?
· How does disease challenge or alter your perception of the interrelation between individuals in a society?
· How do you describe the state of being neither healthy nor sic, but waiting?
In this overview of the history of disease, we will explore the influence of plagues on culture and society. The goal of this section is for you to develop an understanding of society as a product of medicine, environment, and culture over the last 2000 years.
1. Read Chapter 7, Plagues & Peoples: Epidemic Diseases in History
2. Theatre as Contagion: Making Sense of Communication in Performative Arts
3. How the Black Death Transformed the World
4. a warning from history
5.Nothing without us