☛ New York Journal-American photographic morgue: “Atomic Age Kiss?” by International News Photo, published on December 1954. Rec. no NYJA000321. © The Ransom Center. Official description: Air raid wardens in Bonn, Germany, wearing radioactive protective clothing and masks. This photo ―which was manually retouched― is part of a folder of seven items labeled “Atomic bomb” […]
Natural disaster and terrorism define the poles of disaster. In between stretches a continuum of disaster, a plenum of frightful events of infinite variety, at every scale, coming one after the other in an endless series. […] An association is established between “natural disaster” and “national security threat” […] Tendencies such as these blur the […]
• By Philippe Theophanidis on April 19, 2011 ― Published in Communication, Technology | Tagged: affect, chaos, disaster, ecology, fear, Fukushima, Massumi, media, military, nature, Politic, representation, terrorism
Here are some more resources and updates (as of March 14, 2011, 0700PM EST) about the status of Japanese nuclear plants: The Atlantic: “What the Media Doesn’t Get About Meltdowns” by Christine Russell, March 13, 2011 Of immediate concern is the prospect of a so-called “meltdown” at one or more of the Japanese reactors. But […]
Hope is usually associated with positive values. However, in a brillant analysis, Jean-Pierre Vernant and Marcel Detienne have shown that the Greek word for hope –elpis– is much more ambiguous, meaning both expectation of the good and the bad.