On The Menu: Melissa Lafsky Talks About Covering Infrastructure, Horror Films And 2012


Blogger Melissa Lafsky, the latest editor of the blog The Infrastructurist, joined the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast today, where she chatted with hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven about the site that she described as an “ongoing conversation about how we get around and how we’ll get around in the future.”

“The joke with infrastructure is that no one pays much attention to it until it breaks down,” she said. “And right now we’re looking at a pretty existential break down [in] that we rely on certain fuels in order to get us to work in the morning and to get us around period, and these fuels are limited in capacity and will eventually run out. So the larger conversation is what’s the future of energy that’s going to run this country as well as the rest of the developed world.”

After talking about infrastructure in the U.S. and around the world, particularly in China and India, Melissa talked about another one of her gigs, as the “Horror Chick”, writing about horror movies for The Awl. Then, Jason asked her for a reaction to Roland Emmerich’s latest disaster film, 2012, from a horror and infrastructure point of view. Melissa said she boycotted the film because she hates “apocalypse porn” but she still had something to say about it.

“The point of film is to take you to somewhat dark places,” she said. “A movie like this is raw, unbridled apocalypse porn. The premise is so ridiculous I don’t even have to tell you…But the point of this movie is just, ‘We’re going to take Independence Day and make it look like Little Miss Sunshine.’ That is probably the conversation that they had in the greenlight producer’s office.”

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