Why Americans Engage in Apocalyptic Thinking05/22/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. Iâ€™m Rob Lorei. Coming up today weâ€™ll talk about end of the world predictionsâ€”and why people in the USâ€”more than any other country are obsessed with the Apocalypseâ€¦.
But first one listener comment about yesterdayâ€™s Last Call on which we played the controversial speech by Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer in which he talked about who is responsible for job creation. Hereâ€™s what one listener had to say.
Last year a Christain minister who controlled a large media network predicted the world would end. On May 21st 2011. The day came and went without incident. The minister Harold Camping then re-adjusted his prediction and said the end of the world would happen October 21st of last year. Well, weâ€™re still here. But from Christian television, to books such as the Late Great Planet Earth from the 1970sâ€™s to the best selling Left Behind series, to new age predictions of the end of the world this year based on the Mayan calendar, to the best selling Hunger Games booksâ€”the first of which is one of the hottest films of the spring--â€”the US is a hotbed of apocalyptic thinking. Our guest today has studied the phenomenon and has written a book about it called THE LAST MYTH: WHAT THE RISE OF APOCALYPTIC THINKING TELLS US ABOUT AMERICA. Matt Gross joins us now.