The human world is not more fragile now: it always has been - Claire Colebrook | Aeon Essays

The end of the world is a growth industry. You can almost feel Armageddon in the air: from survivalist and 'prepper' websites (,, to new academic disciplines ('disaster studies', 'Anthropocene studies', 'extinction studies'), human vulnerability is in vogue. The panic isn't merely about civilisational threats, but existential ones.