The Anthropocene and Our Post-Natural Future

January 1st, 2017

As a term “Anthropocene” is linguistic, cultural, and supposedly natural all at the same time what are its possibilities and limits?

“How might our conception of the Earth in geological time influence media, and in turn, how might media directly impact our planet? What significance can the Anthropocene concept have on our global and crosscultural understanding of our planetary situation, especially concerning global warming, pollution, and resource use? As a term ‘Anthropocene’ is linguistic, cultural, and supposedly natural all at the same time what are its possibilities and limits? As usual, there are more questions than answers, but perhaps the Anthropocene concept can help pose novel questions and old questions in new ways.”

Andrew Yang, co-editor, on this special issue of the magazine 5: Designing Media Ecology (Issue 06 in Winter 2016).