Lauren Sargent

Week 1 Reflection

This week was a bit of a blur. I’ll be honest, when I first took a look at our initial assignments, I was a little overwhelmed. Twitter, Instagram, YouTube; I could handle all of those. Those were platforms that I used every day. But immediately being thrust into publicizing ourselves through a video and creating a website were more daunting tasks. By the Friday most things were due I realized that I had no idea how to make my blog work so I made an appointment at the Digital Knowledge Center and was helped by a fellow The End classmate who taught me basically everything about Domain of One’s Own and installing WordPress. I also speedily created my first video on what I’d have for the apocalypse, using good old PhotoBooth and submitted it as is. In the future, I hope to use some editing to jazz up my video projects. Now that I have the basics under my belt, I’m excited to get going with exciting narratives and being more creative. I’m a little sad that I don’t have the technology skills to create the cool graphics and animations I envision in my head but hopefully throughout the semester this is something I can work on fulfilling.

Now for some questions!

What is your own personal relationship with apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic fiction?

When I first heard we were doing apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic focused work for the semester, I was a little disappointed. I thought to myself that it was a genre I didn’t like and thought of only media like The Hunger Games and The Giver. But after thinking for a while, I realized that it’s a very relevant topic and part of more of my favorite films and books than I realized. I’ve read some of the classic apocalyptic pieces and seen a handful of apocalyptic centric movies but I’m sure as the semester goes on I’ll be exposed to more and find myself enjoying the genre even more.

Are there particular stories (from books, TV, movies, etc.) that have resonated with you? Why?

The first two apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stories that came to mind that really stuck with me are the Blade Runner films and the Netflix show, Devilman Crybaby. Strangely enough, these two stories have a similar theme that draws me to them. Both these pieces of media beg the question: what does it mean to be human? In Blade Runner, artificial intelligence is seen as both a benefit to society and a danger, but rogue “replicants” or androids are eliminated without a second thought because they are not naturally “human”. In Devilman Crybaby, demon-human hybrids that begin to populate the Earth during the coming of the apocalypse are similarly hunted down, as well as innocent humans as people panic over who is “really human” and who is a danger. I’m really interested in this theme and different ideas about the chaos the world could enfold into in the coming of the apocalypse. Both of these series are also something I enjoy aesthetically. They portray the apocalyptic world as gritty, grungy, urban spaces but with pockets of color that are reminiscent of the world that once was.

Lots of crying during the apocalypse apparently and I’m here for it. (Pictured above, Blade Runner. Below, Devilman Crybaby.)

What genre of the apocalypse (zombie, alien invasion, plague, etc) seems particularly interesting to you? Why?

The most “realistic” genres, situations that have some possibility of actually happening to us, are most interesting to me. This includes anything from climate change sweeping humans off the planet to nuclear apocalypses and robot uprisings. Yes, somehow I find a robot uprising more believable than a zombie apocalypse. I think this is because I have a real, visceral fear of the world ending. With that fear comes fascination and a desire to play out these situations in my mind or on the screen with the little hope that somehow humans will survive.

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