The Apocalypse Has Been Coming Real Soon Now for a Long Time

The Rider on White Horse, from the British Library

The Rider on White Horse, from the British LibraryIt might seem like there’s a whole lot of apocalyptic media out there right now, from pandemics, to zombie apocalypses, survivalist books and movies. But it turns out that the fascination with the end of the world isn’t new. At The Conversation, Natasha and Anthony O’Hear argue that humans have used stories of the apocalypse for centuries for all sorts of purposes: to numb people from real-world crises like poverty and war, to push political agendas, and to promote hatred of certain groups.

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