THE END OF THE WORLD, AGAIN: WHY THE APOCALYPSE MEME REPLICATES IN MEDIA, SCIENCE, AND CULTURE
Publication date: December 21, 2012
FROM THE BACK COVER
"Barry Vacker’s The End of the World, Again is a fantastic, yet haunting book, taking us on a strange trip into the absurdities and anxieties of apocalyptic culture. The book poses many deep questions about the fate of humanity and the meaning of our existence, with an analysis that is daring and unconventional, unfolding in so many layers that it is vertiginous for the reader. The result is a fascinating and marvelously bizarre critique of media and culture after the millennium. It’s a work of absolute virtuosity." — Elisabeth Krecké, professor, Aix-Marseille Université (France), and Carine Krecké, artist and author, winner of the Premier Prix du Concours Littéraire National 2008
As Barry Vacker explains in this thoroughly researched and — frankly — fascinating book, the apocalypse is a powerful motivator and a formidable meme. It has been so for all of human history. We fear the void, and the idea of not being at the center of the universe (at least since the time of Galileo) is a fearful thing indeed. Of course, it is always at the margins where the most interesting work is done. Happily, out here on the edge of our galaxy, banished from its center after all by scientific fact, it is not the end of the world again -- only the end of a certain worldview. Readers of this book should take heart, take heed of the history contained herein, and look to liberate their own creativity to reveal tomorrow's exhilarating territory. And tomorrow always comes.
— Jeff Stein, president of Paolo Soleri's Cosanti Foundation, engaged in the continuing design and construction of the urban laboratory Arcosanti in central Arizona