I hope this post is reaching the bionet virology newsgroup. If it is not, I
As a representative of your "ignorant" general public, I would like to say the
following. I saw the movie "Outbreak", which prompted me to buy _Hot Zone_.
I can understand your criticism of the movie in the respect that it is
Hollywood, all movies are. The action moves faster than is realistic, but
that is necessary for a 2 hour movie. Of course it is not to be taken
completely literally, yet there are elements of truth as well.
I do think however that the movie and book have value in that they might
prompt the average person to learn more about the subject of viruses and
virology. I am now doing a paper on such viruses as ebola and hanta for a
class on Disease through History.
Perhaps the average joe will not know as much as you people, but
using myself as an example (ex-bio major undergrad senior), I can say that it
fueled my interest to learn more. And that is never a bad thing.
It even prompted me to look up your pompous newsgroup, for what it was worth.