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. Big Futures: We theorize and critique media and destiny on Spaceship Earth — the destiny of our species, our planet, and the cosmos. The Center champions the most sane long term destinies. Therefore, we advocate that human civilization be grounded in the artistic-philosophical-secular merger of cosmology, ecology, and technology.
2. Cosmic Media Theory: The Center realizes it is unlikely or improbable these destinies will be embraced in society in the short term, perhaps never. However, to help generate the necessary thinking about big futures and human destiny, we are creating a broad new area of media and cultural studies: cosmic media theory.
3. 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.
All of our efforts 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? We invite you to join us.
CONVEY AND COLLABORATE
We convey these ideas via print/electronic media and collaborate with individuals and organizations who share similar values and intellectual ambitions. So far, our projects have included:
• our first book
• an art exhibit
• various essays published in anthologies and academic journals and made available here; see the right sidebar.
• public events: traditional academic panels and nnovative panels on special topics.
• providing 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.