#Arteetude 219 - Under the stewardship of Detlef Schlich we trace the Shadows of Prosperity: Unveiling the Moral Dilemmas of Military Economic Growth Through Fiction.

Season 1 | Episode 219
16m | Mar 3, 2024


In the thought-provoking episode "Shadows of Prosperity: Unveiling the Moral Dilemmas of Military Economic Growth Through Fiction," the "ArTEEtude" podcast, under the stewardship of Detlef Schlich, embarks on an innovative exploration of the intricate relationship between military economic growth and its societal ramifications. This episode distinguishes itself by employing a distinctive narrative technique, utilizing fictional characters to delve into the ethical, emotional, and societal complexities that emerge from the prosperity linked to the arms industry.

Through the lives of three meticulously crafted personas—Alexej, a conscientious worker in an arms factory; Marina, the resilient spouse of a military official; and Igor, a former military officer turned peace advocate—the episode weaves a compelling narrative that challenges listeners to confront deep-seated moral questions. These characters serve as conduits, each providing unique insights into the personal and collective consequences of a society entrenched in militarization for economic gains.

Alexej's narrative opens a window into the personal conflict and moral ambiguity experienced by individuals contributing to the military-industrial complex, juxtaposing financial stability against ethical considerations. Marina's story further humanizes the discourse, presenting the silent sacrifices and the emotional toll on families behind the military facade. Finally, Igor's transformation and advocacy for peace illuminate the potential for change, advocating for dialogue and reconciliation over conflict.

"Shadows of Prosperity" stands out for its creative approach to discussing a traditionally empirical subject through the lens of fictional storytelling, thereby fostering a deeper understanding and engagement with the topic. The episode skillfully navigates the intersections of art, digital culture, and societal critique, encouraging a reflective and nuanced conversation among its audience. By presenting a balanced discourse through fictional narratives, the podcast invites listeners to examine their own perspectives on the ethics of prosperity through military means and the broader implications for global peace and human dignity.

This episode not only contributes to the academic and cultural discourse on the complexities of military economic growth but also exemplifies the power of art and storytelling in stimulating critical thought and empathy. It is a must-listen for academics, students, and anyone interested in the confluence of art, ethics, and society.

Keywords: Military Economic Growth, Ethical Dilemmas, Fictional Storytelling, Societal Impact, Art and Culture, Digital Storytelling, Peace Advocacy, Moral Questions, Economic Prosperity, Military-Industrial Complex.Detlef Schlich is a podcaster, visual artist, filmmaker, ritual designer, and media archaeologist based in West Cork. He is recognized for his seminal work, including a scholarly examination of the intersections between shamanism, art, and digital culture, as well as his acclaimed video installation, Transodin's Tragedy. He primarily works in performance, photography, painting, sound, installations, and film. In his work, he reflects on the human condition and uses the digital shaman's methodology as an alter ego to create artwork. His media archaeology is a conceptual and practical exercise in uncovering the unique aesthetic, cultural and political aspects of media in culture.


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