Disasturbation and “doomer porn”

More from Leavergirl and the “Leaving Babylon” website…

You may well ask, what exactly is doomer porn? Unfortunately wikipedia does not yet have an entry for this phenomenon. Scouring the web, I have congealed a number of people’s meandering opinions into one less-than-pithy definition: In brief, it means overwrought or unrealistic forecasts and predictions of shit hitting fan. More narrowly, it involves wrenching stories of global disasters that threaten the extinction of the human race; all is assumed to be lost except for a scant remnant of humanity.

Obsessive dwelling on and morbid fascination with the mind-boggling, terrifying and plausible images of coming destruction brings on satisfying feelings of grim exhilaration. Fantasies abound of outwiting the Four Horsemen, surviving all the desperate zombies and marauding hordes and entering a cleansed world. Doomer porn plays on base emotions and thrills — anxiety, fear, and fright and the urgent need for sudden climax — all for the furthering of someone’s agenda. This agenda is usually a mix of apocalyptarian messianism and salesmanship, although some purveyors seem to do it for the thrill of salvific prophecy alone. Such sky-is-falling storytelling has the same sort of can’t-look-away quality of a car crash or pornography, seducing its fans into seeking repeated addictive fix.

This sensationalist, distracting, time-wasting blight induces an urgency to DO SOMETHING, usually translated into buying someone’s books or reports, although the purveying of lecture gigs, precious metals and survival paraphernalia plays a role as well. Images of impending doom are obligingly served up by people whose internet readership and often financial well-being depends on my thrall. In other words, kidz, a good chunk of doomerism is BAU, dressed up to fool those of us longing for an “out of denial” moment of truth. Doomer porn is but one of the many freak side shows of the empire.

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2 Responses to Disasturbation and “doomer porn”

  1. Hontz says:

    Another word for it is “panic”. It is definitely difficult to discern whether what is being said is just sensational or based on sound reasoning. Much of the discussion in the peak-oil circles is fairly sensational, with EnergyBulletin fitting squarely in this category. They still have some good bits, and it is through them that I found Dmitry Orlov, who falls more on the reasonable side of my little categorization. Short, sweet, and worthy of consideration. Thanks for this.

  2. dwighttowers says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Hontz. I realise that I never cited the definition the word disasturbation – I forget who came up with it (early days of the Internetz – but it’s “idle speculation about possible catastrophes without thinking about either their likelihood or steps that could be taken to ameliorate/avoid them”
    Leavergirl is now a friend of mine, and I strongly recommend her work. She and I are both friends of Antonio Dias – http://horizonsofsignificance.wordpress.com/

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