English 1020 Apocalypse
6 February, 2019
During the first few weeks of class, we learned how to obtain information for research and how to differentiate between “bad” information and “good” information. As we continued through the class, some activities that brought the topic at hand to life included researching, watching clips from “The Walking Dead”, developing a blog and writing posts on the blog, and creating a weapon for an apocalyptic event. Overall, the last few weeks of class have allowed for each person, myself included, to exhibit critical thinking and contribute to the class thought process. Within each assignment, I feel that I have been enabled to create a greater process of my thinking. Pertaining to the assignments, I feel that the blogs have persuaded me in my topic of interest. Within each blog, I had to think critically and elaborate upon each topic at hand. Thus, each major blog with due research, developed a unknown angst for the retrieval of information needed for an apocalyptic era one could possibly be presented with. During each blog, I had to research each topic and learn about each topic so I could write about it. Therefore, as I wrote about the origin of the “zombie”, my mindset developed into one that needed a more approachable plan for survival in an apocalyptic time and allowed for a greater sense of preparation. Thus, the most important part of class to me would be the blogs.
As I continued to write my blogs, and we watched the clips of “The Walking Dead” and contributed research to the Chernobyl and Fukushima radiation, I realized that I could base my topic of my paper on a radiation based illness or disease. For my topic, I will be proposing an apocalyptic illness that affects a person’s mental capabilities. The disease has been caused by a radiation infused leak within Montgomery’s water system and has been given the potential to affect everyone in Montgomery. With the radiation, the water of Montgomery has become contaminated and the people that have ingested it or have come into contact with it, are at a risk for the disease. As the person is affected with this illness, they begin to lose control of their actions and become a severe danger to others around them. The illness is highly contractable and highly developed. As the disease is contagious, ones affected with the illness must be quarantined. For society, this outbreak could be potentially dangerous as each person affected by the disease is a danger to others around them. As a person in society begins to show the affects of the disease, aggression among the people would break out as each person in contact with an affected person becomes ill. Continuing the reasons why this illness matters in society, the sudden outbreak of violence would contribute to potential deaths or injuries. Thus, the discord within the streets would contribute to an unsafe socially present environment. For me, being a biology pre-med major, I would propose an antidote to the disease. First, the water supply to Montgomery would have to be backtracked to find the source of radiation. Then, the water supply would need to be turned off to prevent more disease to reach others of the community. With the source of radiation found and samples collected, research on the radiation could begin and an antidote could be prescribed. As research begins, several questions must be asked. Questions that must be asked include: 1) Where did the Radiation come from and why does it affect humans the way it does? 2) Could the radiation have been planted as a ploy to contribute to a terrorist attack? 3) How can the Biologists on the research process conclude that the radiation has been planted?
For my topic, I will find research that supports my topic from the internet, mainly the cdc or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as this is where most outbreaks of disease are filed away and collected to contribute to a research process. Pertaining to research, as a class we covered the CRAAP test, where each letter stands for a word. Within this acronym, the “C” stands for currency or how resent or current the article utilized for research is. The “R” stands for relevance or how the article correlates to the research at hand. The first “A” stands for author. With this, the author simply relates as “is the author credible?”. The second “A” stand for accuracy, or how accurate the information within the article is. Finally, the “P” stands for purpose. Along with this acronym, we also learned how to decipher if a website is of standard to be utilized for the research. For my topic, I feel that the resources that will be most useful will be those that pertain to medical organizations or are strictly disease affiliated statistics. Within this class, I would also like to know how to utilize more complicated versions of google and/or other websites. I would also like to know more websites to use instead of using just google for my research process. In lieu of the topic, I would like to know more about how the apocalyptic theme came into play.
As an outline of my paper, I will be using research from the internet as well as my experience with seeing how ebola affected a mass of people
I will also show how todays society is and how it could easily be pivotable within the safety and wellbeing. As the research is presented, I will be able to contribute to my topic and how I see the apocalyptic potential.
Within the second potion, I will be able to show how an even that is apocalyptic can occur and how it could be disastrous for a community.
Finally I will be able to propose a way to conflict the disease and allow for the community to return to a state of normal.
As a writer, I am most worried about if I will be able to fully contribute my ideas into words and evaluate myself within the meaning of my topic. In 1010, I wrote multiple papers so, I will be able to transfer that ability to this class.