The Cruel Optimism of Anthropocene Technologies. Suspicion and Fascination of Technology in Okja, What Happened to Monday, and Geostorm

Gregers Andersen, Esben Bjerggaard Nielsen

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The acceleration of the Anthropocene presents human civilization with a range of pressing problems that prompts the advent of Anthropocene technologies. These technologies are presented as capable of solving ecological problems on different scales. This article interrogates how Anthropocene technologies - specifically bio-technology, technologies of population control and geo-engineering - are depicted in the films Okja, What Happened to Monday, and Geostorm. These films portray techno-fixes as fetishized clusters of promises that bring with them actual realized cruelties. The appearance of these technologies in popular culture may have implications for possible attitudes towards real life implementation of technological solutions.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftThe Journal of Popular Culture
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2021
Udgivet eksterntJa

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