5 Designing Media Ecology, issue 6 – The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Futures

Rather than a consilient concept, the Anthropocene is a well debated set of narratives that speaks to myriad views about the growing tensions between Human and Nature. Scholars, activists, and artists alike are decrying the abuses of our current geological era that are leaving the planet in an increasingly disturbed state. The dual question of perpetration and perpetuation is at the heart of where we currently find ourselves in the Anthropocene: Who or what exactly is to blame for it? What are its origin stories? What roles do capitalism and imperialism play in climate change and global warming? Whose voices matter in environmental and economic policy? What, if anything, is to be salvaged of our ever expanding media ecologies? And finally, how does risk become the currency of progress?