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“The Earth Does Not Belong to People, It Belongs to Itself”: Exploring the Messages of Dirk C. Fleck’s GO! – Die Ökodiktatur
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Centre for HumanIT. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (HumanIT)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8225-3447
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The 1993 novel of German journalist Dirk C. Fleck GO! – Die Ökodiktatur (GO! The Ecological Dictatorship) offers a dystopian version of future where the planet Earth is almost unlivable due to all kinds of human-made disasters. GO!’s truly unique plot is in stark contrast with many other ecological apocalypse fictions where ‘salvation’ emerges from a non-human actor - like The Day Earth Stood Still, where it is the aliens who try to save Earth’s ecosystem through destroying the humanity, or M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, where trees and plants start to defend themselves against humans. What makes GO! different is the story where an international group of environmentally concerned scientists carefully designs and implements ecological revolution by taking over the control of developed Western world with technological guerilla attacks - thus ensuring that the previous social and political systems are dysfunctional. The dominant economic model based on overarching and inherent technological determinism is left for a new form of governance - an ecological dictatorship, where sciences are forbidden; religions are alienated; and animistic ancient beliefs are promoted - where the environment is given higher priority than human life.

This presentation explores the prophetic vision of the book in the light of the recent ecological, social and political developments, and tries to elaborate on some of the questions raised by the author, especially in relation to experimenting with possible potentialities of alternative human radical ecological and egalitarian progress and enabling the scientist and academics as the true actors of environmental change.

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Copenhagen, 2015.
Keyword [en]
Ecological Apocalypse, Ecological Dictatorship, Dystopias
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37856OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-37856DiVA, id: diva2:851579
Conference
NordMedia 2015: “Media Presence - Mobile Modernities”. Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-15 August.
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved

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