Yesterday, I watched a movie called “Contagion”
This movie involved a lethal flu-like virus that rapidly spread around the world, killing millions of people while the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization struggled to find a vaccine. It showed the rapid breakdown of law and order worldwide, rumor spreading and financial capitalization on the situation. To even get the vaccine approved required a CDC researcher to take a dose of the trial vaccine before it was tested on people.
This movie was grim, mainly because it has happened (see “Spanish Flu”) and most likely will happen again. The depiction of societal collapse was particularly vivid. The movie also inserted the rise of the Internet, with an unscrupulous blogger profiting by saying he had a “real” cure…which turned out to be a fake. The blogger had made millions by touting conspiracy theories against the government…some of which were partially true.
I highly recommend Contagion. In addition to the disease, it describes the contagiousness of lying, deception and panic.