The development of atomic weapons ushered in an era of bomb shelters, duck-and-cover drills and general anxiety. It also inspired a specialized category of correspondence: the nuclear-themed postcard.
"Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War" by John O'Brian and Jeremy Borsos (Intellect Books) is a collection of 150 international cards depicting test explosions, missiles and power plants from 1945 through the 1980s.
The postcards stressed the power and benefits of nuclear energy—sometimes promoting peaceful uses, sometimes boasting of national might.
They often maintained the upbeat tone of the medium. "Spectacular Nuclear Explosion" reads the back of one postcard showing a mushroom cloud over the Marshall Islands. "Getting Bombed in Vancouver—wish you were here" reads another.
Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War is published by Intellect.
Intellect will be attending the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association annual conference in Hamilton, New Zealand this week between 6-8 July. The event will be hosted by the University of Waikato and the theme for this year will focus on 'communication on the edge'. We will be promoting a range of our publications in addition to commissioning new titles. If you are in the area why not drop by, follow the link for further details.
Cynthia Weber, author of 'I am an American' writes for OpenDemocracy
'Two important events occurred last week that challenge US citizens to rethink what it means to be an American – Filipino citizen and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’s announcement that he is an undocumented immigrant and an American and the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York. Each event poses the question – how different can a person be from some ideal type of American and still melt into the American melting pot? Each case suggests that there are limits on who is and who is not a ‘meltable American’, someone whose individual differences melt away when they identify as an American.'' Follow the link to read more...
It was with pleasure that Intellect attended the Journal of Media Practice symposium 2011 'Postdigital Encounters', in our home town of Bristol. It was hosted by University of West of England at Bristol Arts venue and cinema, The Watershed - a venue familiar to Intellect staff.
We were lucky enough to hear several of the presentations, and were treated to a range of papers exploring how digital technologies have redefined creativity and media practice in teaching and research. We heard of exciting new projects in areas such as pedagogy and in collaborative film-making. Audience participation was a key part, which meant having a go at writing stories, and engaging in debate on the nature of creativity.
We look forward to reading more of some of these in future issues of the journal.
We would like to thank the organisers for a great event, and it was good to see both new and familiar faces. We look forward to next year's symposium!