I’ve been asking myself over and over again: why are post-apocalyptic novels, movies, TV series so popular, especially in the United States? And here are my points on post-apocalyptic movies, TV series, and novels.
- Are these post-apocalyptic scenarios true? Can they be true? Are they true somewhere? No way a false thing can interest that many people.
- I answered yes. There’s too many post-apocalyptic scenes out there in the world: Tsunami in Aceh, Gaza, Katrina, Syria, Beirut, Lybia,etc
- Of course, none of them are world-wide apocalypses. No world-wide zombification. Each is an apocalypse, nonetheless. People’s worlds end.
- I was wondering if the American audience of Jericho, The Walking Dead, The Road, etc makes that connection, seeing these shows as real?
- Do Zombie apocalypse aficionados realize that somewhere in the world people are living The Walking Dead? That Gaza is the real Jericho?
- On many occasions, I see so much empathy in the American media given to the survivors of an apocalypse, such as those of the 04 Tsunami.
- There’s also occasions, however, when attention is given more on the discussions on the politics behind an apocalypse.
- There’s not much empathy given to the survivors–or victims in the making–of an apocalypse. Not formally that is.
- This is when I see that these post-apocalyptic fictions are to blame. Intentionally or not, they make these apocalypses more fictional.
- Should they make the connection between fictional and real-life apocalypses clearer? Or, should it be the critics’ job to do that?
- I can’t speak for the movie industry, sure.But I can say: public intellectuals are responsible for making this connection more apparent.
- Or, should the media make this connection clearer? Yes. Shouldn’t they also show the post-apocalypse more than just as a commodity?
- Another question: Do post-apocalyptic fictions only make us imagine the global-wide apocalypse?If yes,is that what makes them fictional?
- We don’t realize: an apocalypse is an apocalypse is an apocalypse, despite its small size.One person’s apocalypse is apocalyptic enough.
By the way, I hope it’s not a stretch if I say that there are places in the United States where post-apocalyptic scenes are seen, such as in Ferguson, Missouri, where today people are protesting following the court’s decision that a certain police officer was not guilty for shooting an unarmed black man recently. Doesn’t the risk of getting shot in broad daylight by people we consider our protectors qualify as a post-apocalyptic scene?