By Stephanie Kane
What do executive future health rules, relevant American rituals, blue- and white-collar employees, HIV, and the warfare on medications have in universal with mayhem, homicide, and different social evils? AIDS Alibis is a clean, astute - in a observe, hip - research of that commonality.
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Because HIV has an average latency period of ten years, during which infection is invisible to the naked eye (and people are most infectious right after they are infected themselves, even before the antibody test can work), it is essential that people trust scientific knowledge in order for prevention to be successful. While seemingly simple, the requirement of being extra careful about one's body fluids is actually inordinately difficult for individuals and institutions, particularly when it conflicts with other priorities like pleasure-seeking and war.
The first horizon involves the personal and local meanings of particular events and relationships. Expanding textual analysis to the level of society lends insight into the struggles for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of persons aligning with and against each other along lines of class, gender, race, nation, and profession. At its most expansive, textual analysis can speak to the changing destiny of our species. My task is to bend semiotics to activism. I read through the alibis that obscure the collective messages embedded within them, searching for the historical forces shaping that which we take for granted as natural (Barthes 1972, 12829).
And for creative energy beyond the call of friendship, thanks to C. Jason Dotson, freelance criminologist and teacher-poet. Page 1 1 Introduction A Disease to Live With, a War to Leave Behind Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is one of a host of threats to our species. Toxicity is an everyday immune event, so close to home that fluids are fighting flesh inside our bodies. Future archaeologists will date baby boomers by the radioactive strontium in their bones. We have immune disease and autoimmune disease; we have homicide and suicide; we have drug war and drug addiction.