Donald Trump dans le jardin de la maison blanche © Drew Angerer / Getty Images via AFP

L’entourage de Donald Trump profite de ses derniers mois au pouvoir pour affaiblir la protection de l’environnement. Mais les fonctionnaires font de la résistance.

C’est un épisode emblématique de L’Odyssée qui a sans doute inspiré les fonctionnaires de l’Agence de Protection de l’Environnement Américaine (EPA) : Pénélope, la femme d’Ulysse, a promis à ses prétendants qu’elle épouserait l’un d’entre eux lorsqu’elle aurait fini de tisser un voile. Pour gagner du temps en attendant le retour de son mari parti en guerre, l’astucieuse Pénélope défait chaque nuit ce qu’elle a tissé le jour.

Aux États-Unis, point d’Ulysse mais un président élu…


Il y a quelques années, les romans d’Alain Damasio n’étaient partagés que par un cénacle d’initiés, séduisant d’un côté les fans de science-fiction pure souche fascinés par La Horde du Contrevent (La Volte, 2004), et de l’autre les militants de gauche dure qui y voyaient (enfin) un auteur tenant un discours critique sur la société technocapitaliste, comme dans La zone du dehors (La Volte, 1999). Son dernier roman, Les Furtifs (La Volte, 2019), se classe parmi le top des ventes depuis sa sortie, confirmant qu’il est devenu une figure incontournable de la scène littéraire française de l’imaginaire. …


What if our cars had actually made us slower? Admittedly, our great-grandfathers never had the chance to move at 80 miles per hour — that is, unless they jumped from a cliff. But maybe ever-faster cars aren’t as time-saving as we think. A commuter wastes in average 42 hours each year in traffic jam. If you combine the time spent in the car, working to pay for the car, for the fuel, the tolls, repairs, and many other little things, the average American devotes 1500 hours a year to his car. That is four hours a day. Which is, all…


On June 28 and 29, Nantes (France) hosted the Festival de l’Information Locale (FIL), a local journalism gathering organised by Ouest Médialab. Journalists and editors from different areas in France, French-speaking countries and United Kingdom sat around to try and answer a question: is local journalism dead?

Journalism can still be attractive

The Festival identified over 1400 local media outlets active in France, many of them many decades old, others recently created. Many of the recent local media outlets promoted a type of journalism that could differ from the traditional — and sometimes dusty — model of the local daily newspaper. Mediacités is a pure…


© Blade Runner 2049

Water is running dry, the birds stopped singing, ice is melting, and we keep doing business as usual: lately, pretty much every signal that could light up to warn us that the worse could happen did actually lit up to tell us that the worse was happening.

There is a trendy word in France which comes to everyone’s mouth these days: collapsology. This new field of studies tries to understand how our industrial world is driving to its own doom, and what can be done in order to prevent our future to go all wrong. I would like, here, to…


Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness (2017) © John Jennings

July 21, 1969: in front of 500 million spectators, Neil Armstrong descends from the Eagle capsule. A few seconds of suspense, and that’s it: Man has walked on the Moon — science fiction that becomes reality! But the future is not quite bright enough yet: it is a white man walking on the Moon, and it is science fiction written by white men, for white men, that is being accomplished.

Amidst civil rights demonstrations and the turbulent end of apartheid, some dissident voices were heard at the same time. …


Piranesi, Carceri, Plate XI © British Museum

At the dawn of the internet, the cyber-pioneers hoped it would be the starting point of a revolution of the information similar to Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. Thirty years later, and all we have is a global pessimism over what the web has become: a vast unregulated marketplace, where you’re never sure whether you’re the customer or the product. Yet, all the knowledge that we dreamed could become accessible to anyone is actually here, and we don’t need to dig too far to discover rich and thought-provoking content. …


Everyday, we are faced with thousands of elements that have to be interpreted. That is, basically, the way we build our knowledge over the world since the dawn of times: we see a shape (long, slender, green and brown), and we associate it with something we know (a tree, or, for the most experts, a beech). But in our modern era of visual communication, something more insidious has come to day: the meaning hidden from the first-place analysis. Here’s how to identify and analyse these second-layer messages.

Reflecting upon myths comes from semiology, the science that studies signs, developed by…


Ferdinand Hodler — Der Lesende © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

As a foreword, I would like to give you a little reminder that, I think, is not useless: everything has already been said about art. I would even add, everything has already been well-said. Famous men and women took turns to assert that art was the purpose of life, or that it was useless and that it was its value ; that it was political or a-political ; that we could use In Search of Lost Time as toilet paper once we had finished reading it or that we would accompany Dante to hell if we dared only to have…


What best than science-fiction could express our dreams about the futures, allow us to hope for better days to come, and to explore ideas in order to shape our present ? Tomorrow, our society will be fair, the technology will have solved every problem and we will all live in peace an harmony.

Well…

The trouble is that our mainstream science-fiction has been written by, and for, privileged white males. As such, the idealised society is the one that would fit these privileged white males’s projections. Today’s bias is tomorrow’s bias. But imagination isn’t an all-white exclusivity.

Cover artwork for Afrofurism 2.0, R.Anderson & C.E.Jones.

Afrofuturism is a…

Nicolas C

French journalist writing on literature, culture, tech and technocriticism. Personal website : https://www.curabooks.fr. Twitter : @NicolasCelnik

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