The Broken Promises of Utopia and the Relentlessly Optimistic Nihilism of Mad Max: Fury Road
I’ve thought a lot about optimistic nihilism lately, and about what it looks like in practice, which led me back to the wasteland of Mad Max: Fury Road. This deck began as an excuse to watch one of my favorite movies a million times, but I was also curious about how far off we are from the utopia and/or dystopia sold to us by fiction and pop culture, given our simultaneous epidemiological, social, political, environmental, and moral crises. I argue that the universe of Mad Max: Fury Road provides an excellent framework for both surviving the apocalypse and moving forward after an event of total collapse.
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Originally published at https://www.jayemsey.com on July 25th, 2022.