Posted on January 27, 2018
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Hello everybody. I’m here with a casual Assignment and Reading Reflection post.
To start off this reflection I am going to talk about the “End Day” BBC special. This special basically showed 5 different end day scenarios in a Groundhog day-esque way.
I thought that each of the apocalypse versions outlined in End Day held some truth. I think all of them (the tsunami, meteors, the virus, the super volcano and the particle accelerator) are things that are very plausible. I would like to think that my instinct in all of the situations shown would be to attempt to escape and survive, but knowing me this is most likely what my response would be:
The most silly situation I think is the super-volcano in Yellowstone. I’m not denying the super-volcano, I’m just saying when the tourist family dies it was so cheesy and cringe I wanted to scream. Some notes I wrote while watching that scene include
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OH COURSE THE CAR STALLS AND YOU NEG YOUR WIFE
Oh they dead, that car is gone lads
The most frightening situation of all was the virus scenario. I am personally scared of this one because something of this level has already happened. As the pseudo-professional explains in the video, the Spanish Influenza killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims. I think that if something like the Spanish Influenza happens again the death toll would be even higher because of our mass transit and interactions. This scares me because as someone who travels a lot, I’m afraid of picking up a disease and bringing it home and giving it to all of my friends (just the type of souvenirs they want).
The next thing I read for this class was a reading from the Routledge Companion to Science Fiction. In this reading, I learned that we as a society are almost dependent on apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction as a measure of our satisfaction as a society. This satisfaction could be with our government, technology or human relations in general. This thought connects with another that really tickled my brain for the next few days. This thought being; we are so dependent on apocalyptic/catastrophe fiction, that without it our society could be looked at as a static one-dimensional utopia. That sounds all well and good, but utopias never last as the end of political conflicts and social ills are temporary and will break eventually. All in all, I learned that we as a society use apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic as a scale for our satisfaction and that without this measuring device our world could be viewed as a “utopia”.
The last reading I did for this class was from “Oryx and Crake” by Margaret Atwood. This is the novel that I have chosen to read throughout this semester. My initial reactions to the novel excerpt were those of deep curiosity and thirst to read more. The idea of pigoons and the Snowman’s weird emotional state post-apocalypse has me seriously intrigued. I will for sure continue to read this as I really need answers to all my questions. In what I’ve read so far, I feel like this is a way for Margaret Atwood to reflect on where we’re heading as a society. I’m excited to read more and analyze this text throughout the semester.
That’s it folk, I’ll catch you on the flipside.