Global frequency

The global frequency is a graphic comic book that was developed and portrayed a
worldwide organization comprising of a thousand and one members based in all parts of the world. These operatives, as they have been referred to in the novel are assigned missions based on the current situation on the ground and their specific abilities or their proximity to the situation causing a threat to the public.
This comic book uses narrative in a way to show how the two main characters, that is
Miranda Zero and Aleph, who together run the central command center of the group and who assigns the various agents their missions. The use of narrative in this context portrays how the author uses science fiction concepts to illustrate how the group carries out its operations from day to day. For instance, in the issue “.001” in which one of the group’s leaders is captured by the enemy agents, the team sets out to find and rescue her from her captors. In this way, the author uses narrative to illustrate vividly to the audience how The Global Frequency embarks on some dangerous missions, even to save one of their own.
The use of science fiction concepts such as the use of nonexistent technologies then
displays what Martin Heidegger would terms a “free friendship” concerning the relationship
between humans and technology according to one of his lectures, “The Question Concerning
Technology”(1954). The team uses technology to save the day from situations that pose threats to the general public or even to one of their own. Although technology is seen to be friendly to humans in the narrative, some villains use technology to pose a threat to the world. Aleph, one of the group’s leaders, controlling the central command is a comms expert who uses a variety of technical technological methods to solve issues as well as to contact team members from various parts of the world.
The most interesting and important thing, that can be noted about The Global Frequency is their ability to rescue humanity from all sorts of perils and menaces created by either nature and to some extent fellow humans trying to make the world unsafe. This is very evident in the twelve issues of the comic book where the Warren Ellis depicts how various operatives, solely or collectively combat evil such to destroy nuclear-powered cyborg, alien virus invasion or deactivate an obscured Ebola bomb. The comic book portrays action-packed missions carried out by the group.
Various kinds of things are revealed in the comic book including religion, politics,
history, collectivity as well as human nature amongst other things. For instance, in Book One, according to the story “Big Sky”, residents of a town in Norway are going crazy after their place of worship is torched to the ground. This reveals the religious nature of humans as well as the anger and sentiments possessed by them. Also, we can say that history is revisited when a Cold War warhead is discovered in San Francisco and it poses a threat of nuclear Armageddon to the city. Evil nature of humans is also portrayed through the various villains who are constantly putting the lives of the general public, as well as those of members of The Global Frequency into jeopardy.

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One Response to Global frequency

  1. The blog assignment was to pick a small, specific moment from Global Frequency and carefully engage with Kermode, Haraway, or Heidegger. While I believe you are beginning to look at how the work of Heidegger connects with the work of Ellis, I don’t believe you engaged with one specific moment in Global Frequency. You open with plot summary, telling us the basic aspects of the novel, which isn’t necessary. You should feel free to jump right into a specific moment in the book and begin dissecting it and connecting it to Heidegger in a way that you find interesting. If you would like to discuss more about what you can do to construct an argument from the texts, you can email me (gjk20@pitt.edu) or talk to me after class if you have any questions about this blog assignment or the next one (due Tuesday, February 10th).

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