7 Functions of Apocalyptic Media

7 Functions of Apocalyptic Media

We discuss the 7 functions of apocalyptic cinema according to Wynn Gerald Hamonic’s 2017 article, “Global Catastrophe in Motion Pictures as Meaning and Message: The Functions of Apocalyptic Cinema in American Film.”

Killing Humanity in Apocalyptic Media

Killing Humanity in Apocalyptic Media

We discuss a book chapter by Dina Khapaeva titled “Killing Humanity – Anthropocentrism and Apocalypse in Contemporary Cinema” from the edited volume “The Age of Spectacular Death” edited by Michael Hviid Jacobsen. Khapaeva discusses the “human” and “anti-human” paradigms in apocalyptic media and the commodification of anti-humanism mentioning examples such as The Incredibles, Avengers, Harry Potter, Wall E, Pacific Rim, and many others.

The Fifth Seal – Nihilist Film?

The Fifth Seal – Nihilist Film?

We discuss the 1976 Hungarian film The Fifth Seal” directed by Zoltan Fabri and its nihilist, moral, and ethical questions.

The Absurd – Thomas Nagel

We discuss Thomas Nagel’s 1971 paper “The Absurd” in which he provides a new outlook on the absurdity of human existence.