May 28, 2010

"THE GENERAL feeling of dread,
the repressed awareness of the historical and the potential fusions of the
autonomous logic of technology with the murderous irrationality of genocide, is
crucial to an understanding of the narrative fictions of the post war years; and
that the cultural and spiritual crisis resulting from an awareness of the
genuine potential of technology is intimately related to the growth of the mass
media. For the development of new media technologies not only served to make us
aware of our apocalyptic predicament but also served as the most visible daily
sign of technology's power ... Thus, it is hardly surprising that the media came
to occupy an important role in our millennial dreams and nightmares."

-- Stephen D. O'Leary,
"Apocalypticism in American Popular Culture."