Max Read over at Gawker just reported that certain scientists have suggested a small nuclear war can fix global warming. Clearly this is unfeasible, but intriguing nevertheless.
The following clip is from a film made by the Air Force during 1956-7 that was recently made available by the US National Archive’s motion picture unit. Read about it and watch the full film here. I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising at all that the military commissioned a film to prepare those who might be involved for the eventuality of nuclear exchange b/t the US and USSR, but it also points toward the fact that even for the military nuclear war was a surprisingly textual (or filmic) phenomenon that could really only be imagined. Fascinating.
To steal a title from my friend Charlie’s recent FB post, this is what would happen if hyperarchivalism had only advanced as far as the Nintendo Entertainment System (or something). Enjoy, enjoy.
The first bit is an amazing adaptation of The Great Gatsby into a NES game! We are truly hyperarchival when a work of classic Am. lit. gets translated into a classic late-20th c. interactive medium–the 8-bit vid.–in 2011.