The Archdruid and doomer porn

The archdruid (John Michael Greer) writes an article called The World After Abundance

Nathaniel comments:

I too have wondered at the fascination people have with the so called “doomer porn” that inhabits so many television shows, movies screens, and blog postings (present company excluded) these days.

I have a theory: by taking the general sense of unease and foreboding that I think so many people feel these days (you have to be particularly oblivious to totally miss the indicators of major systemic economic, environmental, and political dislocations underway) and focusing it on obviously ridiculous and often scientifically impossible scenarios, people can project their feelings onto an external story and purge them once their suspension of disbelief is lifted. My guilty confession is of a love of zombie movies – I easily get wrapped-up in the most ludicrous of plots and feel genuine fear as the film progresses; however, as soon as the lights come up, the spell is broken and I feel a profound sense of catharsis. I wonder if even the semi-plausible doom stories don’t serve the same sort of function, giving people a silly place to direct their fear and thereby allowing them to compartmentalize that fear out of their daily lives. In enabling them to direct and then release/ignore their fear, doom stories might serve the same function as the baseless optimism of the cornucopians – allowing people to purse “business as usual” despite all of the warning signs. Again, myths of progress and apocalypse become two sides of the same coin.

Of course, as you point out, the cost of doing this is the distraction from genuinely productive actions that could mitigate the impact of the series of mini-catastrophes that are likely to populate the coming decades.

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One thought on “The Archdruid and doomer porn

  1. ingen dålig svada…

    Mini-katastroferna står ju som spön i backen nuförtiden, man har nästan glömt jordbävningen i Haiti, för efter det kom vulkanutbrottet på Island, som åtföljdes av Oljekatastrofen i Mexikanska Golfen och dessemellan kom världen på att Grekland var bankrutt och Nordkorea och Sydkorea står på randen till krig… jag fortsätter dock med business as usual och får väl därmed räknas som en cornucopia…

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