Welcome to the latest version of The Distopians, meg studer’s blog for tinkering with ideas of topoi – rough, polished, convergent, divergent, written, graphic, etcetera.
Indebted to the rhetorical contours of pastoral ‘sites’, the tradition of utopia/dystopia, and the science fiction fabulations of ‘worlds’. . . the agenda here is merely to ferment observations on the everyday environment, as constructed and constructive.
Be forewarned, I’m a generation off the farm, a generation after the mines, and a recent Midwest/Rust-Belt transplant, so those shadows and shift are inevitably inflecting (if not directing) my attention.
- the historical intersections of state statistics and material culture,
- the discursive shift from ‘common landscapes’ to ‘micro-infrastructures’
- and the issues facing the rurban fringe/depopulated rural environments.