Radiation, Animals, Media


Ron Broglio has a short article up at The Atlantic that does a little bit of delving into the animals who live in and around highly radioactive sites like Chernobyl.

There’s something really interesting going on with the example of the radioactive rabbit that births other radioactive rabbits. It’s clear that the radiation doesn’t prevent these animals from living and procreating like they would do anyway, but their very existence means that the radioactive event is distributed throughout their entire network of being; the biosphere becomes a transmission vector for radioactive materials. I wonder if this can be metaphorized into a theory of the media: a singular event impacts the material self to such a degree that you can’t help carrying it into other people. Not in a “viral” or in a “spreadable” way, but in a radiative way.

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