I. Disruption by Disaster:
The events envisioned by near-extinction fictions such a severe climate changes or environmental collapses in the wake of other disasters (such as nuclear warfare) meet the standard of disaster as they are “(1) events that c...
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...verwrought consumerism and neglect of the environment itself, such as in Interstellar – may very well be repeated with the continuation of traditional social understandings.
Finally, it is a strange oversight - and an unrealistic outcome – that these cinematic samplings never anticipate the likelihood of post-traumatic stress disorder effecting their protagonists. The World Health Organization has found that post-traumatic stress disorder would likely arise in the wake of “an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic nature that is likely to cause pervasive distress” (Gittelman 2003-4 53). Yet in having their characters rush to return to past behaviors and norms, none of these near-extinction fictional narratives considers the likelihood that they will suffer from the symptoms of extreme PTSD and may need appropriate mental care alongside physical remedies.
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