Friday, November 15, 2013


JOHNSON, BRIAN D. "Was Armageddon Always This Complicated?."
      Maclean's 126.23 (2013): 67. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.

     For the essay #3 I choose to continue to write about Susan Sontag's example of Superman in her article “The Imagination of Disaster.” The scholarly source I'm going to use is “Was Armageddon always this complicated?” by Brian D. Johnson. In this article the author talks about apocalypse as a main feature of a science fiction films or new era of the “apoca-blockbuster.” The article is mainly based on Superman's example and some other movies of this year. The author also talks about two scenarios that are used for most of the science fiction films.

    In my essay I'd like to talk about how throughout time the science fiction films remain similar and more about apocalypse, catastrophes and disasters. “While apocalyptic pictures are hardly new, what was once a contained sci-fi genre has spread and mutated to the point that the spectre of a busted planet is now a default premise for action blockbusters” says Brian D. Johnson. Throughout his article he uses latest version of Supermen “Man of Steel” as an example and support of his claim. I would like to analyze why he based his argument on Superman's story. 


  1. Awesome topic choice, Maria! I can't believe you're using Sontag's article haha that was proven to be the most challenging piece, I like how you are also using something as popular and well known as superman to sort of balance out the complexities in Sontag's article.

  2. Late!

    But a good start! Your annotation is a little too light; be sure to include all of Johnson's points, not just his main one. And how are you going to use that quote?

  3. I think this is a good start. Superman is a good example of a disaster film. I am impressed you are still using Sontag, she is hard. You do need a quote from the article for annotation but overall it is good.

  4. I thought the you do not really present a summary from your source. But you do explain how the source would be in the essay.