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Marvin Santos
Introso \u2013 EL
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\u201cAnd the band played on\u201d was a story of the discovery of the AIDS virus. From the early days in 1978 when numerous San Francisco gays began dying from unknown causes, to the identification of the HIV virus. Researchers began discerning a mysterious new disease that apparently affects only homosexual males. American and French researcher team manage to identify and name the disease which is AIDS working separately but only before already a lot of people has been infected by the disease.

Different sociological thinking was portrayed in the film. By using the 4 lenses of sociological perspective to view the film we can see how sociology operates in the society. First is seeing the general in

the particular, we can see the general in the particular in the movie

on how certain gay people reacted to disease. We can see that it is possible to identify general patters in the behavior of particular people. We can see in the film the power of society to affect our actions, thoughts, and feelings. A good instance on the film was when the \u201cgay cancer\u201d guy started to put pliers out and started making them realize that typecasting AIDS as a gay cancer is not right. We may think that his actions were brought by his own judgment to act accordingly, but we can also think that he made his decisions with social matters in his mind. Maybe because he is thinking that because of this disease he\u2019s

already being outcast by the society that\u2019s why he decided to do something about it. The society defines the people with this disease and how should the people who has it must behave. Another sociological perspective that we can mention is seeing the strange

in the familiar, that we can notice in the film. In this perspective

rather, looking at life sociologically requires giving up the familiar idea that human behavior is simply a matter of what people decide to do in favor of the initially strange notion that society shapes our thoughts and deeds. For example, in the movie when Dr. Don Francis (CDC researcher) said that \u201cI work in the government because it is where the diseases are.\u201d Such response may seem right to him. But is he telling the whole story? Thinking sociologically we might realize that working in the government is where most of his collogues has gone to or maybe it is natural for his line of work to enter in the government. Also maybe he doesn\u2019t want to be a hypocrite joining private companies discovering things for money purposes. This kinds of thought might have influence him to work in the government, so even if he had said that it is his choice maybe society has something to do with it. Third perspective we can see in the film is individuality in the social

context. We can see that even in our most personal choice society can

dictate us. In the case of Dr. Francis giving samples to the French as common courtesy, Dr. Gallo perceived the good notion otherwise. Dr. Gallo believed that Dr. Francis liked the French and that it is his own

decision to help them thinking only about himself. We can clearly see in the film that Dr. Francis decision was affected by social matter, in this case courtesy. Dr. Gallo is wrong when he thought that this was a personal vendetta against him. Lastly the importance of global

perspective can also be observed in the film. We can clearly see this

in the first scenes where people in Africa are dying of because of AIDS. Global awareness is greatly discussed in this matter, society has a job to let other people know and otherwise know the peoples problem between them. In the movie because America was not also aware of the disease if quickly spread like wildfire affecting every victim in its path. Society has a major job of knowing these kinds of things and being aware to what is happeining.

One of the two major issues that affected me the most is how it took so long for the government and other faction included (like the Blood bank) to take actions for the disease to at least be controlled. We can see in the film that the blood bank could not even approve to spend money in making tests on the bloods they are offering to check whether it has the disease or not, also public bath houses at first was unable to be closed although there are reasonable doubts, that it could be the main cause of the spread in the virus. I could not believe that in these severe cases these factions manage to think only about their selves and for their well being only. I believe that the effect of the disease could have been controlled if he government had taken its

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