At a recent journalism pow-wow, the role of journalists in two apocalyptic scenarios — global pandemic and alien invasion — were discussed with funny and useful results.
Very interesting discussion here.
This has fascinated me for years. I’d like to see it some day.
There are plenty of theories about how the world might end, but most have one thing in common: The ending.
No matter how the death knell occurs, the world as we know it will cease to exist someday. Either the planet will become unable to sustain life (possibly all life, possibly just current life) or our civilization will break down, leaving those humans who manage to survive limping along, less civilized than ever.
Corporations are getting better and better at seducing us into thinking the way they think — of profits as the telos and responsibility as something to be enshrined in symbol and evaded in reality. Cleverness as opposed to wisdom. Wanting and having instead of thinking and making. We cannot stop it.
I suspect what’ll happen is that there will be some sort of disaster—depression, hyperinflation—and then it’ll be showtime: We’ll either wake up and retake our freedom or we’ll fall apart utterly. Like Rome — conqueror of its own people.
Darren Fleet, “How To Negotiate The End Times” (via Adbusters)
Adbusters is a level-headed buzzkill when it comes to the impending apocalypse. So many quotable things in this article, so please go ahead and read it.
A Georgia bill would outlaw ALL abortion and any action that could possibly cause miscarriage.
I try to be mindful of my dystopian literary comparisons, because sometimes references to 1984 are overused, but if this isn’t foreshadowing for The Handmaid’s Tale, then what the fuck is it?
And this, friends, is what we mean by the apocalypse: futures like those we read about in our favorite dystopian novels.
While we’re seeing this article because of the situation over in Egypt right now, it seems prudent to start thinking about these things elsewhere as well, especially in the post-apocalyptic future we envision.