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Kıyamet Koparken: İnkâr İçinde Kalmanızı Sağlayacak 50 Basit Şey

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,122 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Kapitalist politikacısından çevreci aktivistine dünyayı elbirliğiyle yağmalayan uygar insanı, ve onun doğayı ve tüm canlıları yok eden yıkıcı zihniyetini hicveden bir çizgi roman.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published by Kaos (first published November 6th 2007)
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David Schaafsma
As the World Burns: 50 Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial makes the basic point that while a lot of well-meaning liberals (like me) making personal environmentally-better choices is a good ethical direction for them and everyone to take, they should not be confident that anything but a complete cessation of the burning of fossil fuels and putting a monkey wrench (cf. Edward Abbey) in rage against the short-sighted capitalist machine will have any effect on saving the planet. In other words, ind ...more
jess
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, graphic-novels
i wish that someone had handed this to me when i was a 19-year-old environmental science major. i was sick and tired of developing recycling programs for schools, talking about the implications of pollution of global fashion, the World Bank's latest irrigation project, and discussing how long it really takes for compact fluorescent bulbs to burn out. and then there is this, satirical comics and hilarious illustrations that are simple enough to let the dry wit shine.

the plot is funny enough. robo
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Shannon
Self-righteous doesn't even really scratch the surface. At first I thought I was going to love this b/c it opened with talking about how futile recycling is, and how it accomplishes basically nothing other than making people feel good about themselves, which is so true, cuz omg I fucking hate recycling. But it quickly becomes apparent that the nutbags who wrote this book are just WAY more extreme.. like the environmentalist version of PETA. What's it called, EarthFirst? Like those people. Their ...more
Sadie
Feb 06, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gnnt-nominations
While I agree that the problem is bigger than everyone just taking shorter showers, I fail to see how one book (created from chopping down trees AND in a factory AND shipped by gasoline belching trucks to the stores) that's self-righteous, sarcastic, has no offered solutions beyond beating down hippies and burning down factories is going to help either.

I think the book is as narrow minded as the people they despise. Blech.

Also, a quick search of Medline reveals that the link between aluminum an
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Chezzie
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people wouldn't give this book a chance because of how radical it is. They would automatically stop listening because they don't want to accept that we have a problem -- a major problem. Their response is, "Ridiculous! None of this happpens in our great country of America!" When what's being said in this graphic novel is all true. So true. All of it. I have to admit that I did raise my eyebrows at battling rabbits and tenderhearted bears, and that the narration came off as haughty at ti ...more
Marisa
Mar 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry, Katigreen. I thought this book was silly. I asked the crows and the trees if they wanted to engage in armed battle against corporations with me and they said "No." Furthermore, I don't think that "civilization" is inherently evil, and the world doesn't have room for 6 billion hunter-gatherers. I do agree that compact florescent light bulbs will not save the world.
Scott
Dec 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Graphic Novel by Stephanie McMillan (Minimum Security) and Derrick Jensen is great to read aloud and view with a good friend.

Alien Robots come to earth, shit gold, give said shit to the President of the US in exchange for written permission to eat every tree, fish, mountain, etc. (except 12 trees, 7 fish, etc.). The two protagonists argue the finer points of eco-friendly corporate cooptation, Social activists hand over power to power all too easily, and the wild revolts, bloodily.

It's funny
...more
Damien
Jan 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book, so full of promise and hype, was really stupid. It almost could've been cute, if you try to think of it as total camp, what with the posi hippy girl constantly being emotionally pulverized by the gothy type girl. Alien robots that shit gold is also kind of funny, including an army of wild forest creatures fighting back. Yeah, it is true that recycling is not going to "save the planet", nor is full spectrum light bulbs, but unfortunately neither is Derrick Jensen or his literary fans. ...more
Filip Boberić
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I found this graphic novel about capitalists and politicians screwing up the planet, mostly clueless humans, alien robots eating everything and shitting gold and animals ready to fight tooth and nail for freedom, I knew it must be good (at least), even though there were so many negative reviews. Actually, I made the assumption about the book thanks to those reviewers who had been angry just because it mocks toxic liberal bourgeois pacifism and advocates the use of diverse violent means agai ...more
Leilani
I just read this book in one sitting at Helia's, and I really WANTED to like it. I did. It was on th the right path for a few pages. But it spent too may pages making bad jokes about how stupid politicians are, and got way off track. And then there was page 154. only person of color in the book comes out of the trees for a minute to tell them to be better with the earth and then disappears. hell no.
UPDATE - i have been contacted by several Derrick Jensen fans saying that I got it wrong, that the
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Anina
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a scary and informative* comic about how you are totally going to die from global warming no matter what any one does. Which is a theory I do subscribe to but I just realized I never ever want to read about again.

*possible punk rock propaganda, small press & not sure where they are getting their statistics, of which there are many and not a single cited source
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Robert Wildwood
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The human characters in this book are not compelling. The experience of the one eyed bunny is what its all about, and these are the parts that might make you cry. The ending is super cheezy, cause the good guys win, which isnt realistic at all.
Randall Wallace
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading by every high schooler and talked about in class. This is a graphic novel Derrick wrote with Stephanie McMillan’s delightful illustrations about today’s new agers in different vignettes wanting to achieve inner peace more than fight to save the planet being killed by Civilization. For Derrick’s two main dialog characters – think Betty and Veronica - if Betty was calm, centrist, and ever hopeful about tech solutions to all future problems, while Veronica is a ...more
Britt
Sep 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had hope that this book would have something more interesting to say about how to be good stewards of the earth, other than reduce, reuse, recycle, etc. I may not be as actively against our consumer culture as the characters in this story, but I have long been frustrated by the greed and selfishness of government/corporations/individuals who don't really care what kind of effect their actions have on their environment. I was encouraged to see this book mention that it would take more than peop ...more
Stewart Tame
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very bleak, but also very funny. This amazing book comes from the blackest of black humor. The world is doomed, the environment is collapsing, aliens are destroying it and doing a better job of it than humanity has been doing. Most of the simple, easy things people think they need to do to help save the earth are ineffective at best. How can this all be stopped? Jensen takes an unpalatable message and manages to sneak it through by engaging the reader's sense of humor. I suspect he's got the fig ...more
Dave Peiser
I had to push myself to get through to the end, possibly because I am aware of many of the points made in this graphic novel. I also don't think graphic novels are my thing, but if you do, it would be worthwhile to read this one.
Katy
I don’t disagree with the points they’re trying to make, just find it a bit too sarcastic and depressing for my current state of mind.
Vineeth
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book.

Funny as hell.
While some reviewers (and the back of the book) see the book as a wake-up call that'll inspire readers to stop ecocide, I got a different message from the book.
The take home message that I got was that we are all fucked.
I remember watching the Inconvenient Truth in middle school and being to "shut up" and "stop being rude" because I was being critical about the suggestions presented in the movie. I was saying it wasn't enough.(DANO GAVE ALL OF US EXTRA MATH HOMEWO
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Craig
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who cannot think critically
Recommended to Craig by: a lot of people, sadly enough
It was funny and entertaining, but I couldn't help but be disturbed by the ideas presented. Don't get me wrong, I'm big on environmentalism. I'm at least 60% hippy. But the author is a tad extreme for me. Not only does he explicitly condone eco-terrorism, but he is guilty of many of the things he seems to condemn the "evil corporations" of, such as manipulation for one.
Let's get one things straight here folks: corporations are not by definition evil. Sure, there are some, actually many, bad one
...more
Jeffrey
This graphic novel connects the capitalist machine to ecological destruction, which I do think needs to be done in engaging ways for readers. It's a bit short on posing solutions though. It diagnoses the problem but doesn't truly offer a way forward. In that way, it's both helpful and frustrating.

Some thoughts a week later...

Okay, so initially I wrote that the book doesn't offer a way forward. But maybe it does. And maybe that solution is just too drastic for people (including myself, admittedl
...more
Lara
Jan 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic
The other day I was rinsing out my cans for the blue box when it occured to me that I was washing my garbage. And I wondered what the point of it was, when washing the cans consumes water. Then, don't forget, there are entire populations of continents who don't recycle at all and without 100% compliance can recycling programs even work? While living in Central America I came to realize that a lot of countries are consuming at a first-world rate, but their waste management is '60s era. They actua ...more
Keith
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little graphic novel version of Derrick Jensen's basic points: The world is being destroyed by industrial civiliation, which has built up, madly, systems to expidite that destruction. There are some aliens, in a sort of ... satire I guess, or maybe just an additional lens through which to view the situation... I guess the aliens are a metaphor. Anyway. The basics will be familar in detail to those who are familiar with Jensen and in broad scope to those who are paying attention. Nothing actual ...more
Morgan
Aug 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people whose appetites for change are appeased by recycling or not flushing the toilet
This book had me laughing out loud at certain spots, rolling my eyes at others, and being served up some serious challenges the whole way through. Granted, it's not as heartfelt and thorough as Derrick Jensen's other work, but the pairing of his overstated allegory about alien robots who eat the Earth and poop out gold bullion is better told with Stephanie McMillan's haphazard comics than without. It's also way more digestible than some of Jensen's heftier tomes. A good one to read and then pass ...more
Alan
Oct 08, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Such promise, for what it was: Ohm-ing changes nothing but your insides, which are small comparatively. "We will go quietly, meekly, to the end of the world if only you will allow us to believe that buying low energy light bulbs will save us."
All this excoriation of denial to devolve into a Noah's Ark, Noble Savage, animist fantasy in which all the animals and rocks and wind and shit tell the humans how to live, and then join forces with them to kill the earth-eating aliens. You'd think a graphi
...more
Larry-bob Roberts
I bought this from the AK Press table at SF Zine Fest. It seemed like it was pushing my buttons a bit with its criticisms of liberal environmentalist half-measures, so I thought I'd check it out. As other reviewers have pointed out, its solutions aren't really any more practical. The dialogues come off more like straw-man arguments. Still, it was somewhat through-provoking. But if these folks can't even take over the town of Eugene, Oregon, I don't really see how they're going to move beyond a v ...more
Ashleigh
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yessss. Buy this for all your friends who tend toward sadness when things are going well for them, sadness because they know that things aren't going well for most of the world, most especially the environment, and they feel guilty they aren't doing more to help. Guilty, and angry, and pissed off, and maybe a little mad. This book won't make them feel better, but for a short time they will laugh and fell understood by at least one other person.


Why do you hate violence that frees the victims of g
...more
David Gross
A comic parable about environmental catastrophe that makes some good points and doesn’t bother to try to avoid radical environmentalist/luddite hyperbole. It’s designed to reach folks who believe that people are making the planet uninhabitable out of short-sighted greed, but who are still hoping that the solution won’t be terribly disruptive to the status quo.
Brenna Sydel
Well..... Hmm... Where to start? I acknowledge, appreciate, admit, and accept that all the little things we have been saying for years to save the planet are bunk and make no difference. I understand this but what was accomplished in reading this book was the idea that unless you are going to dismantle corporations and government (yes, please) then doing any of the little things is pointless and in some cases wasteful. I don't know. It's sort of like saying if you want to save for retirement put ...more
Greg
Apr 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, it's difficult to put into words how disappointed I am with this one. Jensen is an anarcho-primitivist who smugly proposes that we simply "return to nature" against the entire march of history. While I'm all for a critique of liberal solutions to environmental degradation, Jensen basically presents a foolish girl who wants to use all variations of individualist solutions to heal the planet, then rebukes her with the ultimate individualist solution of direct-action, ostensibly through fre ...more
Benjamin Wragg
The message is crucial and needs to be shared. Yet the book lacks nuance in its metaphors and can be very blunt. This bluntness works at times, but most of the time it comes across as childish. For example, the caricatures of the government and corporations are the worst parts of the book by far, and while these scenes do contain good points, like how ludicrous it is that we have bureaucratic systems in place governing and licensing the tearing up of the earth for material product, the cartoonis ...more
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Derrick Jensen is an American author and environmental activist living in Crescent City, California. He has published several books questioning and critiquing contemporary society and its values, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame. He holds a B.S. in Mineral Engineering Physics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Eas ...more

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