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Peak Oil
Author: Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

ISBN: 9780226285436
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 16 September 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.0 x 1.5
Porn. Peak Oil. Enjoy." This is the title of a YouTube video with over 300,00 views that was made in 2007 for the purpose of explaining a subculture of people who believe an imminent collapse of industrial society is coming our way, the result of oil scarcity and energy depletion. The video features a sexualized Cassandra," performing a mock-striptease in split screen (on the right, with a sober explanation of peak oil on the left by the same woman, dressed modestly). The believers are called peakists": they wind up changing jobs, buying land, retrofitting their homes, driving less, biking more, stockpiling supplies, and even leaving their partners as a result of their newfound belief system. Schneider-Mayerson has delivered account of the movement, vividly portrayed through interviews with peakists and a mostly hidden network of virtual communities in blogs, podcasts, fiction, nonfiction books, videos, and disaster movies. He spells out the political, ecological, cultural, and (to a degree, adumbrated by apocalypse") religious aspects of this movement, addicted as it is to fatalism, abrupt/cataclysmic change, and an odd convergence of right- and lef...

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