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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.