Premeditations on Apocalypse

The psychology must be similar.

The media scholar Richard Grusin attributes the popularity of end-of-the-world scenarios in popular media to a phenomenon he calls “premediation,” the representation of cataclysm to build the public’s expectations for a real cataclysm. The plausibility of these scenarios matters little; the point of premediation, Grusin holds, isn’t “prediction” but “practice”—we steel ourselves for any number of possible futures so that we might overcome whatever trauma awaits us, like swallowing a pill to prevent the heartburn we know is coming. Because we know, deep down, that apocalypse awaits us on every scale. Premediation helps us rehearse our reaction so that, in the event of real chaos, we might behave in a manner more rational and productive.

stoic preparation

There are no such thing as natural disasters, just fantasies we entertain to excuse our inaction.

I happen to agree, but those are called, for insurance purposes, Acts of God, and for a reason.


1. Be civil. 2. Be logical or fair. 3. Do not bore me.

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