movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Fri Aug 19 2016, 04:51pm | 1 comment
I recommend Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America (Ted Steinberg), in which he points out just how carefully the narrative of “natural” disaster is framed; when a levee breaks, well, that’s just one of those things that happen, and nothing to do with lack of maintenance. When a construction firm builds houses on a flood plain and then the owners have their homes ruined, it’s “well, floods happen” or even the owners’ fault, with no blame for the government that gave planning permission even though it knew the risks or the company that took the money and ran.
(My edition is the one that came out just before Katrina, and I could see all his points being played out on the news. Steinberg has updated it since.)
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