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My thesis topic originated in my Visual Communications Lab class, where we were asked to choose a topic that would be the basis of a semester’s worth of assigments. I chose the topic of exploring the positive and negative side affects of bacteria because I was scared of bacteria, but also realized that being a germ-a-phobe was unhealthy. Since I did not know much about the subject, I thought it would be a great opportunity to explore it in this class. I got to explore the subject with various fun projects.

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my intructors for visual communications lab were phil hamlett and jeremy stout.

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QUESTIONS FOR CLARIFICATION What do you mean by the word bacteria? Are you talking about the effects of bacteria on humans? Do you want to focus on the effects of bacteria on the world? Or do you want to explore the effects of bacteria on people? Could you delve into how bacteria affect the earth and nature? Why do people tend to react negatively towards bacteria? Why are so many people so scared of or repulsed by bacteria? How does bacteria benefit a person’s health? What are some examples of how bacteria can be beneficial? Is it better to prevent getting bacteria, better to embrace it or neither? How do antibacterial products affect the health of humans and nature? Do the cons of bacteria outweigh the benefits, or vice versa? Is it possible for bacteria to become immune to these products? Will this someday cause bacteria to become more harmful to humans and nature? Do you want to focus on the benefits or cons of bacteria? Are there ways to prevent life-threatening bacteria from infecting humans? How does one discern from good bacteria and bad bacteria? And how does a person or population properly handle bacteria? Should people even be worried about bacteria; isn’t it a part of Mother Nature? Why does bacteria have such a bad wrap?

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QUESTIONS THAT PROBE ASSUMPTIONS What are you assuming when you say bacteria are bad? What do germaphobes assume when they hear the word bacteria? What do people who aren’t germaphobes assume about bacteria? Why would these groups of people make these assumptions? What are these assumptions based on? Do people assume that bacteria are bad from seeing antibacterial products? What causes people to make these assumptions? Do people assume or actually know more when it comes to bacteria? How do these assumptions vary in degree? How often do people question these assumptions? How often do people take these assumptions as facts? What are the consequences of these assumptions? Are the majority of these assumptions true or false? Are these assumptions based on experiences or hearsay? Are these assumptions fueled by marketing? What kind of effect do antibacterial products have on the way people think? If there were none of these products, would the fear of bacteria be less? Did people assume bacteria were bad 40 or 100 years ago? What are the differences the in assumptions back then and now? Why are these assumptions different or the same?

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QUESTIONS THAT PROBE REASONS AND EVIDENCE What would be an example of bacteria being harmful? What would be an example of bacteria being beneficial? How do you know that this is true? Are your answers adequate enough? Do you have evidence for either case? Does it make a difference with or without evidence? How important is evidence? Would evidence change the way people think about bacteria? Who has come up with this evidence? Are these people reliable sources? What makes these people reliable sources? Do you see any problems with your answer here? What led to you believing they were reliable? Are there bacteria that can both be harmful and beneficial? Can you explain why you answered the way you did? Do you need evidence to support your opinion? How would you know if this evidence was valid? Would you check the evidence or perform tests yourself? How much does evidence determine your reasons? Why do you think you believe this?

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QUESTIONS ABOUT VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES Why do you seem to be approaching this issue from a health perspective? Why did you choose this perspective? How do you think other people would respond? Would the responses vary greatly? Would the responses depend on types of people? Would these types depend on sex, age, ethnicity or geography? How would you determine which types to use? How would these types of people respond? What would a person who agrees with you say? What would some who disagrees with you say? What might someone who does not know much about the subject say? What would a person marketing antibacterial products say? What would a scientist or doctor say? Do these different viewpoints affect each other? Have these people seen the topic in a different way? What were these people influenced by? How strongly did these influences play on their opinions? Could their viewpoints change? What kinds of things could change these viewpoints? Would these viewpoints change with education about the subject?

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QUESTIONS THAT PROBE IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES What are you implying when you ask about the effects of antibacterial products? Are you implying that all or some of these antibacterial products are bad? What are the consequences of these antibacterial products? What would happen if these antibacterial products ceased to exist? Would it be much different than if they never existed? Why? What is the probability of these antibacterial products going away? What is the probability of these products creating super bacteria? What are the alternatives to using antibacterial products? If these alternatives are effective, why are there antibacterial products? What is the probability that bacteria are bad for one’s health? What is the probability that bacteria are good for one’s health? What would happen if everyone tried to limit his/her exposure to bacteria? What kind of effect would that have on society and people’s health? If germaphobes found out avoiding bacteria were bad, what would the effect be? How much would antibacterial products losing business affect the economy? What is the probability that this would happen in the future? What are you implying when you say bacteria can be good? If everyone thought bacteria was good, what would the consequences be? If doctors said antibacterial products were unhealthy, how would people respond? If bacteria can be good and bad, what else could be true?

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QUESTIONS ABOUT THE QUESTION What does the question, how to properly handle bacteria, assume? Is this a question that can be answered satisfactorily? What has to be done to answer this question? Is the question clear and easily understandable? How many people have asked this question before? Has this question been explored before? Why is this question about bacteria important? Is this question a highly debatable topic? What does this question ask us to research? Does this question give rise to more questions or answers? What kinds of questions does this question generate? What do these question say about your question? Is this question the main question about this subject? What influenced your question to come about? Why is answering this question significant to you? Is this question important to other people? How is this question relevant to other people's lives? What will happen once this question is answered? Is this question more relevant to humans or the environment? Is this question relevant to any other group or subject?

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MICROVERSE  

This is the story of my MFA Graphic Design thesis, MICROVERSE. It is about germ education and helping people live healthy lives with germs.

MICROVERSE  

This is the story of my MFA Graphic Design thesis, MICROVERSE. It is about germ education and helping people live healthy lives with germs.

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