Twitter Thread & Bibliography

Bailey, Jason. “Is It Safe to Go to a Movie Theater Right Now?” Vulture. August 24, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.vulture.com/2020/08/is-it-safe-to-go-to-a-movie-theater-during-coronavirus.html.

Faughnder, Ryan. “How Will Movie Theaters Make Customers Feel Safe after Coronavirus?” Los Angeles Times. April 30, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-04-30/coronavirus-future-of-movie-theaters.

Golden, Jessica. “Here’s How Sports Teams Are Reinventing Tailgating as Coronavirus Keeps Fans out of the Stands.” CNBC. September 25, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/25/coronavirus-causing-sports-teams-to-rethink-how-fans-watch-games.html.

Strassfeld, Ben. “Infectious Media: Debating the Role of Movie Theaters in Detroit during the Spanish Influenza of 1918.” Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, vol. 38, no. 2, June 2018, pp. 227–245. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/01439685.2017.1300002.

Vadala, Nick. “The Rules and Risks of Going to the Movies.” Https://www.inquirer.com. October 09, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.inquirer.com/things-to-do/movie-theaters-open-covid-risks-philadelphia-new-jersey-20200903.html.

Whitten, Sarah. “Going to the Movies Will Be a Different Experience in the New Coronavirus Reality.” CNBC. June 10, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/25/what-will-movie-theaters-look-like-after-coronavirus-shutdowns.html.

Perspective

 Looking towards the future and how we have progressed with COVID-19 as well as everyone’s lives, I believe it will create a new sense of normality in the post COVID world. I can see how we might keep some ideas that have come from this pandemic such as social distancing, masks, and even how we conduct ourselves in public in relation to other safety. When looking 4 years into the future from now (2024), I can sense that there will be normalcy in relation to masks, social distancing, and even how businesses operate. This of course would be in a perfect world for the sense of fear of another pandemic. I can believe people in the future will still be affected by COVID even if it isn’t around in the aspect of fear for other illnesses and become adjusted to the safety standards that are currently in place. Hopefully, we will learn from our mistakes when in relation to sicknesses and colds. When looking 30 years into the future from now (2050), I do think we will lighten up on making sure we are secure and safe pertaining to sicknesses. Almost in the way we treated illnesses before COVID-19. I can believe we will have more medical resources or solutions for situations as we are currently going through. As well as businesses adjusting to this new distancing method for profits. When looking into 100 years from now and in relation to my project, I can believe we will forget all the measures we are going through for it and present-day living. By the next century, they most likely will be experiencing another pandemic as we have and like the one in 1918. As for the next century, possibilities for another virus or sickness to come through is likely. Hopefully, they can be more prepared than we were during our beginning months of COVID.

Subjectivity & Elections

This current election has been interesting, to say the least when looking back throughout the months. My experience with voting is relatively new. It has been difficult to imagine that I have the power to decide if someone can control the country/ the countries actions. With this being my first time voting, it has definitely been an interesting experience to see how much they are pushing for people to vote, as well as seeing the extreme divide between the 2 parties. Having people hate one another for their political views and even basing a person’s character on their political views. We use to use the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover”, but all I have been seeing from family, friends, celebrities, and even athletes are judging people and writing them off. I fully believe that whoever anyone votes for have a right to vote for them. Even if one candidate is worse than the other or has done more wrong than right. When looking towards how this election will create history, I can imagine the outcome of this election to be the same as in 2016, where the electoral college swings the winning vote. If Trump ends up in the office for another 4 years or Biden ends up coming through with a win, I can expect either rioting or even more hatred brewing between the 2 parties. With COVID-19 still rampant in the United States, this puts an interesting stamp on our history as to how to vote, how long to count the votes, and even waiting for the electoral college. If I was a historian looking back upon this election, I would look for AD campaigns, news articles about both parties, as well as a transcript of all the promise that had been made and to see if any were kept from either candidate. With whatever the outcome is, the president is still the president and I hope we can see some change after the election.

Memory

The first week of class was interesting because this was during the height of COVID-19 and Historian’s Craft was the only in-person class that I had to attend. I remember coming in tired because of confusing the times between the 9:30 am class you held and the class I am in at 12:30 pm. Running to class, coming in and just sitting in the front because of all the spaced out, 6-feet distanced seating. I remember the class being interesting as we all had contributed and begun introductions. As well as hope we tried to figure out a meaning for what history is and what are some qualities history has. Some examples included, history is… art, war, labor, victories, losses, death, freedom, slavery, religion, race, politics, and kept continuing because of the vast amount of possible explanations we had for the definition of history.  The second time we had class was a little fuzzier to focus upon but coming in and sitting down in our spaced out seating as we discussed the multiple different historical events that were significant as well as events that we find interesting and how we look at them in different ways. Homework wise I don’t think we had started the first blog posts until the latter weeks of the class but ultimately we ended up closing campus for classes and decided to head onto online classes. I feel like there had been a missed opportunity to have discussions in class but I prefer the online classes because of the comparative workload of my other classes that had switched online and as well as how we have interesting discussions through zooms on Thursdays. My memory isn’t the best when looking back but it is interesting to see how far back the first class was and when we first started to just see how close we are to finishing the class.

What do we owe our historical subjects?

After reading the chapter, “When subjects don’t come out” in the article, “Queer Episodes: In Music and Modern Identity”, edited by Sophie Fuller and Lloyd Whitesell, I found it very interesting and informative. When looking towards questions about this article and the chapter within, I choose 2 questions that really gave me a different perspective on how I view history and how some work is done by Historians. 

The first question that I want to answer is  “Do you consider yourself a historical subject? Imagine you were the historical subject of a project, what considerations would you want a historian to take when writing the history of your life?”, I don’t believe that I am a historical Subject because of how I have not done anything worthwhile yet with my life. Some considerations I would hope the Historians would take would get rumors, stories, jokes, everything viable from local friends, family, people I went to school with, any type of information they can to obtain a full understanding and basis of my life and who I was as a person. Having a full unedited/unbiased analysis of my life and my accomplishments.

The second question I had found very interesting and that I wanted to answer is “Should there be a difference in how we treat our subjects depending on if they are alive or deceased?”. I feel like when looking into someone’s past whether or not dead or alive secrets and as well information does arise. For people who are still living and are subjects, I do think some privacy has to be maintained. As well as keeping an unbiased outlook upon their life. Might hate the person but they could be a saint. As for people that are deceased, I do believe some level of respect is deserved. Although, in the end, they are either immortalized in history and textbooks or forgotten about.

Final Project Proposal

Question:

Since the beginning of the 20th century how has the cultural significance and mass culture of “going out” to specific public space such as movie theaters, sports arenas, and other public spaces changed over time, and how it has been affected by the current state of the world and Covid-19?

Project Description:

From this most recent pandemic, many of life’s entertainments had been disrupted, thrown off, canceled, or held off till the following year. COVID-19 has affected many industries and businesses. Industries and businesses such as movie theaters, sports stadiums, theaters, and other large gathering events had been canceled and put into a sticky situation when it comes to social distancing and how they will operator within COVID-19 safety standards. Although, this unfortunate virus that is being circulated today has had people come up with multiple inventive ways to operate and continue their business. For my Final Project, I plan to show instances where COVID-19 has affected entertainment such as examples where sporting areas had to be canceled and new inventive ways people are applying these methods of being safe and socially distanced such as howe drive-in theaters and outdoor theaters are making a comeback. The media in which my project is being made is a twitter thread that is going to have examples, pictures, instances of when in history we have taken these issues seriously, and how some businesses are becoming more profitable.

Format:

A Twitter thread

Primary Sources:

⚈ Golden, Jessica. “Here’s How Sports Teams Are Reinventing Tailgating as Coronavirus Keeps Fans out of the Stands.” CNBC. September 25, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/25/coronavirus-causing-sports-teams-to-rethink-how-fans-watch-games.html.

“Here’s how sports teams are reinventing tailgating as coronavirus keeps fans out of the stands” by Jessica Golden goes into a discussion about how a source of entertainment is finding a new and inventive way to help fans. Some examples include a new type of tailgating where each car is in a designated space and they stream the game onto a large screen. Some are inputting opera house seating in which u drive up onto a ramp to watch. Basically a drive-in sporting event. Teams such as The Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders, and The  Milwaukee Bucks are discussing and finding new ways to have fans view their sporting events.

⚈ Faughnder, Ryan. “How Will Movie Theaters Make Customers Feel Safe after Coronavirus?” Los Angeles Times. April 30, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-04-30/coronavirus-future-of-movie-theaters.

“How will movie theaters make customers feel safe after coronavirus?” by Ryan Faughnder which goes into a discussion of how theaters are making extreme changes to make sure customers are being safe, satisfied, and relaxed when dealing with this new Virus. People now are so scared to go and are even concerned for everyone’s health, to quote the article, “I’d be willing to go out just with me and my wife maybe a month after they reopen,” he said. “We’ll wait even longer before the kids go back”. The longer and longer places remain close and the virus slowly starts to die off, More theaters are beginning to open up with extremely small viewings with 6 feet radius seating between people to have the safest experiences.

⚈ Whitten, Sarah. “Going to the Movies Will Be a Different Experience in the New Coronavirus Reality.” CNBC. June 10, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/25/what-will-movie-theaters-look-like-after-coronavirus-shutdowns.html.

“Going to the movies will be a different experience in the new coronavirus reality” By  Sarah Whitten, was one of the Primary sources I chose to use for my paper. Mainly when looking at this article is going into the discussion of how Movie theaters are beginning to suffer from how Coronavirus is beginning to slowly take over and make theaters slowly die off. Now some inventive ways and new rules are being put into place to help represent how they are taking precautions for safety as well as the continuation to have viewings for Movies. New technology and ways to access films and food from theaters are going into production to help make this harsh virus change easier for everyone. I plan to use this information regarding how some theaters are operating

Secondary Source

⚈ Bailey, Jason. “Is It Safe to Go to a Movie Theater Right Now?” Vulture. August 24, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.vulture.com/2020/08/is-it-safe-to-go-to-a-movie-theater-during-coronavirus.html.

“Is It Safe to Go to a Movie Theater Right Now?” by Jason Bailey is a fascinating and really helpful source discussing and talking about Coronavirus and how some movie theaters are being questioned if they are safe again to go to. This article goes into the discussion and shows the mindset of the owners of theaters and how some are taking drastic cuts to pay because of the virus. Others are skeptical if it is still safe to go to the now opened and covid guidelines that have been placed in theaters. I plan to take some of the personal opinions in front of his article as well as hope it benefits my understanding of how the virus is affecting businesses.

⚈ Vadala, Nick. “The Rules and Risks of Going to the Movies.” Https://www.inquirer.com. October 09, 2020. Accessed October 13, 2020. https://www.inquirer.com/things-to-do/movie-theaters-open-covid-risks-philadelphia-new-jersey-20200903.html.

“The rules and risks of going to the movies” by Nick Vadala shows and provides great information pertaining to COVID-19 and how we should know how risky and whether or not to go to the movies. As described some new theaters such as drive-ins are making a comeback but so are indoor theaters but in this case with fewer viewing sizes. This source will help me understand the certain precautions some theaters take to make sure that everyone is socially distanced, wearing masks, and safe.  I plan to take away and show some of the examples that have been used to show that changes are being made to make sure safety is a number one priority.

Creating a Narrative

The Spanish flu also is known as the 1918 Influenza, This deadly pandemic lasted for around 2 years until 1920 and had a devastating amount of deaths totaling at 50,000,000. Interesting media towards how some had dealt with the Pandemic is closely similar to the current Covid-19 pandemic that is currently happening within the world today. One example of this can be the current outlook on how people today are urging others to wear masks, social distance, and be curious to others because of how dealy Covid-19 could be. When looking at some posters that had been around during the 1918 pandemic is a poster called “Halt the Epidemic” with a little ghost/ devil/ demon-like figure from little puddles with a tag line of “Stop Spitting — Everyone”. Similarities between the two current media’s are interesting when looking at the seriousness of these pandemics and how some choose to respond to such problems. Curiously, one would wonder would there be the opposing view of protecting others and whether or not to stick to current ways to stop spreading a virus or flu. I.E. when people are fighting against wearing a mask and believing that going out, not social distancing, and believing the virus is fake. As the current state of the United States is still dealing with rising cases and minimal decreases of the virus, we still don’t know the total outcome of the world like we know the outcome of our history of the “Spanish Flu” or the 1918 Influenza.

Primary Sources

“Going to the movies will be a different experience in the new coronavirus reality” By  Sarah Whitten, was one of the Primary sources I chose to use for my paper. Mainly when looking at this article is going into the discussion of how Movie theaters are beginning to suffer from how Coronavirus is beginning to slowly take over and make theaters slowly die off. Now some inventive ways and new rules are being put into place to help represent how they are taking precautions for safety as well as the continuation to have viewings for Movies. New technology and ways to access films and food from theaters are going into production to help make this harsh virus change easier for everyone.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/25/what-will-movie-theaters-look-like-after-coronavirus-shutdowns.html

The Next article that I used for my next primary source is  “How will movie theaters make customers feel safe after coronavirus?” by Ryan Faughnder which goes into a discussion of how theaters are making extreme changes to make sure customers are being safe, satisfied, and relaxed when dealing with this new Virus. People now are so scared to go and are even concerned for everyone’s health, to quote the article, “I’d be willing to go out just with me and my wife maybe a month after they reopen,” he said. “We’ll wait even longer before the kids go back”. The longer and longer places remain close and the virus slowly starts to die off, More theaters are beginning to open up with extremely small viewings with 6 feet radius seating between people to have the safest experiences.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2020-04-30/coronavirus-future-of-movie-theaters

Research Topic

For my Research topic, I decided to look at Movie theaters, sports stadiums, and other large gathering locations and how and focus on how with Covid-19 in total effect and spreading more and more each day, our ways of viewing media, entertainment, sports, and gatherings in general will have been changed forever. Obviously our ways of going to such events in the future will change over time with more spatial seating and hopefully new inventive ways of keeping distance. I am interested in this topic because like others, we would go to these places on our own time and never realise or notice that something could have been spread from these areas. No one prepared to go to the movies with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer before as if it was completely normal.A historical theme that I believe fits in this research topic is “Time & Space”.

For this assignment I plan on making a twitter thread showcasing and describing ways people can experience these missed opportunities. Some examples include drive-in theaters and how they are making a comeback due to social distancing as well as outdoor theaters such as one in the picture I chose from the CNN photo gallery.

Hopefully I am able to display and teach helpful ways to go about and or show other opportunities in which people can still view movies,sports, plays, etc in healthy social distancing ways. I hope to learn that there are more opportunities then the ones I can come up with and that they are already being put into effect.

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/world/gallery/novel-coronavirus-outbreak/index.html https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/20/world/gallery/new-normal-coronavirus/index.html