The Nuclear Imagination of the Strategic Air Command

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.

Two Small Bits of Hyperarchivalism

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.

Also, my good friend Dave pointed me to a review of Repo Men that has a very different take on the film than my own–i.e. it isn’t as nearly gleefully celebratory, sadly.