The Walking Dead (AMC) – Explores the line between civility and savageness
Paper details Students will analyze the biocultural component(s) of a story of their choosing (suggestions provided below) in a 4-5 page paper (1000-1250 words (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. in the text body) comprised of the sections outlined below. The correct formatting and required sections (listed below) are already set up for you in the Biocultural Analysis Template (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (5 points), which you are required to use. Introduction (5 points): Introduce your paper and give a brief overview of the contents. Summary of the story (20 points): Who are the main characters, what is the setting/context, is there an important backstory, and are there any key cultural or technological parameters? What significant events occur in the story? This section should be limited to half or less of your paper. This assignment is a critical analysis of a biocultural phenomenon(s), not a book/movie report. Biocultural components explored in the story (30 points): Put on your “anthropology hat” and discuss the media from the point of view of an anthropologist. What are the underlying biocultural theme(s) of the media? Which components are relevant to an anthropological point of view, and why? Biological components may be physical or mental, microevolutionary or macroevolutionary. Cultural components may be prehistorical, historical, contemporary, or hypothetical. Real world implications (25 points): What does the story have to say about the human condition in the present and near future? What lessons or warnings might be gleaned from its content? Are there any current or recent events which might give the original intent of the story new or amplified meaning? Support your conclusions with credible sources. Conclusion (5 points): Summarize your paper and provide any concluding remarks. References (10 points): APA formatting; see details below Suggested Media Here is a short list of some of my favorite stories which have biocultural components. You do not have to adhere to this list, nor does your story have to be science fiction in nature (I just happen to love science fiction). Movies: Soylent Green (1973) – What does the other side of global warming look like? Logan’s Run (1976) – What happens when you regulate society’s reproduction and death? Gattica (1997) – What happens when society develops a class of genetically modified elites? Idiocracy (2006) – Are we evolving to become less intelligent? Enemy Mine (1985) – Is it biological or cultural differences that separate us? The Congress (2013) – What happens when digital imagery replaces people and drugs replace reality? Elysium (2013) – What happens to humanity when the gap between the rich and the poor is amplified? Sleep Dealer (2008, Spanish) – What happens when we can get our human labor virtually? Oblivion (2013) – How do we know our understanding of reality is real? Avatar (2009) – What happens when we discover a new people? Total Recall (1990) – What might a Mars colony look like? Wall-E (2008) – What happens to humanity when the planet is completely trashed? Chappie (2015) – Is the human condition unique to humanity? Her (2013) – Can human and artificial intelligence find love? TV or Web Series: Black Mirror (Netflix) – Amplifies contemporary culture in stand alone episodes. The 100 (CW) – Envisions a post-nuclear war society. Star Trek (Original or The Next Generation Series) – Examines moral, cultural, and technological issues of humanity. The Walking Dead (AMC) – Explores the line between civility and savageness. Humans (AMC) – Examines what it means to be human in a world of human-like androids. Books Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children Series), by Jean M. Auel – Envisions life in ice age Europe. The Eye of Minds (Mortality Doctrine Series), by James Dashner – Envisions a future where humans spend more time in a virtual reality than in the the real world. Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth – Explores whether or not we can we segregate, compartmentalize, and control humanity’s personalities. Next, by Michael Crichton – Considers the ramifications of genetic technology. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams – Examines humanity from an otherworldly perspective. 1984, by George Orwell – Considers the human condition in a hyper-controlled world. Graphic Novels Bitch Planet, by Wilson, Peter, and Cowels – Envisions a future where women are banished to another planet for noncompliant behavior. March, by Lewis, Aydin, and Powell – Tells the story of the civil rights movement from Senator John Lewis’ perspective. Formatting Requirements All assignments must be double spaced, Arial 12-point font, 1 inch margins, and submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf file formats. Completing assignments on smart phone or tablet devices is not recommended as this may cause formatting issues. If you do not have access to a computer at home, you may access the computers in the GWC or Public Libraries. Don’t forget to put your name, the date, the course, and title including the assignment number. Be sure to edit (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and spellcheck your work!