Capitalist realism, one of the most malign concepts to ever emerge from philosophy and/or critical theory. Developed by former CCRU affiliate Mark Fisher in his 2009 book "Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?", it is a concept which situates itself after the postmodernism/postmodernity proposed by Fredric Jameson.
Plato, Socrates, Aristotle; Descartes, Hume, Kant; Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus; Nietzsche and nihilism, Kierkegaard and existentialism, Heidegger and phenomenology. Foucault and sexuality, Deleuze and the ever-growing rhizome. Philosophy is filled to the absolute brim with amazing people studying it, and improving upon it.
This video examines how nihilism is established and treated in the current TV landscape. The video particularly deals with the character-driven nihilism of Rick and Morty before moving on to nihilism not bound by individual characters, but instead of elements surrounding them. My intentions with this video is twofold. One, I wish to entertain my viewers. Two, I wish to educate people on what to notice when analysing a piece of TV or cinema philosophically. Nihilism in media isn't confined to the existential kind. It's hard to define precisely as the term has had a muddy past. Instead, it leans up against a philosophical/philosophy movement like postmodernism, although there are key differences between the two.