Pandemic Playlists

Attention span burnout, suburban rage quitting, CV-19 cultural timebombs with Simon Sellars

Episode Summary

Author of theory-fiction novel Applied Ballardianism, Simon Sellars joins me to discuss the flooding of the mind during CV19, attention span burnout and the mutations of culture emerging in a 'COVIDSAFE' world.

Episode Notes

Simon Sellars is a writer and editor based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2005 he founded Ballardian, a website tracing the ongoing impacts of the writing of British author JG Ballard. In this talk we unpack some of the cultural timebombs waiting after CV-19, the impossibility to write science fiction in an era of fake news and the flood of doom-scrolling made possible by a nervous system attached to twitter.

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Pandemic Playlists is a project by Emile Zile. Sound by Carl Anderson, Graphic by Lauren Messina. Supported by a City of Melbourne 2020 COVID-19 Quick Response Arts Grant, produced at Boyd Studios Melbourne.