Sunday, September 13, 2009

Viral Outbreak Show!

There's a Discovery Channel show called "The Colony" that has to do with viruses!...sorta. It is about an experiment in which a group of every day people are forced to survive in an old warehouse for 10 weeks as though there were a global catastrophe.

According to the show's website, "Experts from the fields of homeland security, engineering and psychology have helped design the world of The Colony to reflect elements from both real-life disasters and models of what the future could look like after a global viral outbreak."

I don't particularly understand how the creators of this show decided to make a massive generalization combining real life disasters and a global viral outbreak. As we informed scholars know, depending on the virus (or the natural disaster), things could get very nasty, very quickly. I don't think hiding in an old warehouse would necessarily protect a group of people from smallpox. Come on, now.

But I guess I'd have to see the show to really understand what it was about. Has anyone in our class ever watched this show?....

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