October 21, 2020
Understanding antibiotics in a pandemic (article from Somatosphere)

Read the full article on Somatosphere here.

From the article: 

In this essay, I start with a short definition of ‘the Dark Ages’ and then discuss how this is a poor metaphor for imagining the future.  I then examine how this metaphor – along with associated language and imagery around catastrophe and apocalypse – reflects contemporary societal anxieties. In doing so, I draw upon dystopian fiction, as well as social science thinking. Finally, I conclude by presenting a more hopeful image of a liveable post-antibiotic future.

Reference: Irwin, R. 2020. "The ‘Dark Ages’ – a misused metaphor for a post-antibiotic future". Somatosphere.