The global media environments are filled with nonstop representations of human, planetary, and cosmic destiny — destinies which are most often portrayed as utopian or profoundly dystopian and apocalyptic. Have you ever wondered whether these destinies are desirable, plausible, or even sane? We have. That's why the mission of the Center for Media and Destiny is threefold.
1. Cosmic Cultural Theory: We explore media and human destiny from the cosmic perspective — the destiny of our species on Spaceship Earth in a vast and ancient cosmos. The Center champions the most sane long term destinies for human civilization, which should be grounded in the artistic-philosophical-secular merger of cosmology, ecology, and technology. We are post-political in that we realize the best long-term solutions must address our deepest existential conditions.
The Center realizes it is unlikely or improbable these destinies will be embraced in society in the short term, perhaps never. To help generate the new thinking about destiny and our existential conditions, we are pioneering a broad new area of media studies: cosmic media theory.
2. Universal Meanings: In a culture that celebrate endless "differences," we seek the universal meanings beneath the differences, the shared meanings for humanity as a single species on Spaceship Earth. Thus, we will contribute many new secular ideas for thinking about our destinies: personal and individual, shared and collective, local and global.
Ultimately, all of the Center's may comprise an utterly futile gesture, but we accept that possiblity. So far, we are pursuing our mission via projects and topics that span art, science, theory, ands pop culture. We do this out of wonder, curiosity, and a concern for the big picture: what are we doing, where we are going, and what does it mean?
3. Convey and Collaborate: We convey these ideas via print/electronic media and collaborate with individuals and organizations who share similar values and intellectual ambitions. As listed on the right sidebar, our projects have included books, essays, panels, symposia, and an art exhibit. We also provide sources and links to topical books, films, videos, world's fairs, and other cool sites, also listed in the right sidebar.
We also welcome intellectual contributions — essays, films/videos, artworks — from theorists, artists, writers, scientists, filmmakers, and anyone interested in exploring media and destiny in the cosmos. Since re-thinking our destinies is an individual and collective project, we look forward to future collaborations.
In doing these projects, we will span the unnecessary boundaries that too often separate academia and citizens, critical theory and popular culture. We want the Center for Media and Destiny to be a one-of-a-kind organization and site for ideas about media and human destiny. We invite you to join the journey.
We welcome your feedback. If you have comments about our mission, please contact us at the link provided. Thanks.