The ApocaDocs, Jim and Michael, share CEO, CFO,
CIO, and out-of-pocket roles at the Project. They've been friends for 30 years.
|ApocaDocs Jim (left) and Michael (right) at work.|
Our prime directive is to somehow have fun with the horror.
We believe that unless you can (kind of) laugh at something,
you can't really understand it. Also, we know that
unmitigated doom & gloom shuts people's eyes -- even from acknowledging
the dropping guillotine(s). Michael and Jim try
to jape at the vast horizon of bad news, in hopes that through the
mechanism of funny, readers might actually
read more about what's really happening, because...
well, it's (weirdly, kind of) funny,
in a sick, horrifying, and heartbreaking way, and we need to start
making it part of our everyday water-cooler patter -- the news of the
everyday world -- so that we can have the fortitude to make the
changes necessary to reclaim and repair the world. Oh, and survive.
We have constructed several arenas to have that fun: 1) a news
collection and commentary service (the basic browse) pertaining to the
six scenarios, with
punchlines; 2) an item-level quip collector, so others more funny than
we can add quips;
3) the PANIQuiz,
a quick, funny, and free weekly quiz about recent news;
4) educational context for each
scenario, in detail, with corresponding news stories; 5) A specific
DocWatch for stories that particularly break our hearts. We'll devise
some other tools (the horrific "apoc-o-matic," the "face-o-meter" and
much more) over the upcoming years.
In the end, what we are trying to do with this site is promote
comprehension of the depth, breadth and scope of the apocalyptic
realities, by keeping it interesting.
Really, we're fucking terrified,
and want others to realize just how rapidly we're accellerating toward
But we also try to highlight in our Recovery
scenario some of the important work being done by others
grappling with the horror(s), finding new solutions, and leading the
way to a sustainable, just, interesting, and livable world.
We hope you find our approach worthwhile, and that you
spread the word to others. Come back often -- the news may be bleak,
but we can be the change we want to see. We can collectively begin to
take notice, and make change.