Essay Outline

My technology is the hypodermic syringe, which is used as a method for the administration of numerous drugs and vaccines. There are numerous interesting cultural ideas that have developed surrounding vaccines, which are often represented by the hypodermic syringe. Anxieties over the potential dangers of injecting ourselves with substances has led to various interesting myths about the technology. Perhaps the most well known of these is the supposed link between vaccines and the development of autism in children. For my paper, I would like to further explore how these ideas came to be, as well as if the general acceptance by society that anti-vaccine people are crazy and refuse to listen to science is actually shutting down conversations about the real potential risks of requiring vaccinations for all children.


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  1. That’s a very big project, so I think it will help you if you shift your focus somewhat. The vaccines debate has been going on for a very long time, and it would be extremely hard to say anything new about it. I think you could get much farther thinking about a generalized fear of needles. There are many fascinating books on phobias out there, and syringes have been used in all kinds of psychological thrillers, from the farcical film “The Human Centipede” to the horror film “Copycat.” I haven’t seen it, but there is even a horror film called “Needle” that could be interesting. (

    If this interests you, it would be helpful to read up a bit on how phobias work. Look up some American Psychological Association works– they’ll have quite a bit of information. Be sure, though, that you watch your chosen films yourself, and don’t rely on recaps. You want to develop your own eye, and to write your own analysis.

    By switching your focus, you’ll give yourself more room to explore, rather than to feel as though you are just repeating what other people have already said. Then, if you want to, you can briefly refer to the vaccination debate as part of your general investigation of fear of needles.


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