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David Hauslaib: The Paris Effect
David Hauslaib: I mean her celebrity comes down to she’s famous for being famous. And that’s a silly notion. I also think it’s representative of the fact that in a sense we’ve exhausted the number of people that we can talk about on a daily or weekly basis. And I think she caught the wave at the perfect time – in that as technology was blossoming, and blogs, and mobile phones, and social networking, in this “always on” culture of consumption, she was right there for the picking. And as soon as we realized, “You know what? Julia Roberts isn’t going to make for a great item 12 times a day. There needs to be other people to talk about,” and in she steps – very willing to pose for cameras; very willing to make a good story, whether it’s dancing on a banquette or going to prison. She very authentically . . . which is a term I won’t use often with Paris . . . but very authentically represents that culture change combined with the technology.
Question: Is she a model for how to create a media phenomemon?
David Hauslaib: Honestly the idea of being the next Paris Hilton I think is an uphill battle, because we’ve seen some of her friends trying to do this . . . Kim Kardashian, who is really just a reality nobody. But people have tried to copy that model. And it includes many things. Sex tapes? Great. Drunk driving? Perfect. Partying in LA? You know it’s all part of the agenda. But in that instance, like I said, I think she caught the wave just as it was about to break. And I think everybody after that, to the Brooke Hogans of the world, have tried and failed. I don’t . . . I don’t think it’s a perfect science. There is no formula to this. She was a pretty, wealthy girl who liked to take her clothes off, and we ate that up. Do we want a repeat of that? I think the . . . You know I think consumers have said no.
Question: Is anyone poised to be the next Paris Hilton?
David Hauslaib: You know I think the actress Hayden – I’m gonna bungle her last name – Panettiere on Heroes on NBC is headed in that direction, which is a bad thing. You know I think she came onto the scene as a very cute, innocent girl and is quickly taking the Jamie Lynn Spears route of . . . You know not quite there yet, but probably dating the “wrong people”. And you know there are no video tapes of her snorting coke popping up yet, but it seems to be she might be headed down that route; which could, I think, be detrimental to her career because she’s been taken very seriously as an actress in her demographic. And there are roles for her out there, but from my perspective she’s on the beginning of a downhill slide.
Recorded on: Jan 23 2008
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Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
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- Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
- Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
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- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.