Author and professor Randy Malamud brings together two themes: How we “view” animals at zoos (from a position of privilege and exploitation); and how our behavior toward them and toward the planet overall has led to an irreversible mass extinction.
The clip from the show, Newsroom, that Mr. Malamud includes in the lecture is one of my most favorite scenes from that show. And isn’t it strange how people in the audience of this talk thought it was funny? Is that nervous laughter? I have wondered, and posted here, if it is possible that most leaders in the USA believe this is exactly the truth of our near term future and therefore they’ve pushed their corporate chips all in… why not.
Mr Malamud, like the few others who dare talk about near term human extinction, is very brave.
But it was his comments about other animals that brought me to tears; tears of sadness but tears of relief that there are others who believe as I do and aren’t afraid to speak out about it.
His lecture ends around 28 minutes and then begins the Q&A.