Weapons of Reason 4 – Power issue: Who rules the World?
Weapons of Reason 4: ‘WoR has already tackled the Arctic, ageing and megacities. Weapons of Reason 4 saw us tackle a truly cardinal concept: Power. We wanted to interrogate what “power” means and where it really lies in the modern world, charting the political, social, economic and ideological factors that shape our current landscape.
By dividing the issue up into “Past” “Present” and “Future” we could move through the subject logically, hitting key touchpoints such as empire, territory, capital and technology in order to build a comprehensive, interconnected picture. We commissioned a multiplicity of voices — from eminent scholars and data scientists to intrepid journalists and photographers — to explore the contours of power. The issue featured 16 articles with writers and illustrators holding court on crony capitalism, gentrification, social media, identity politics, the rise of right-wing populism and more. Each article featured bold illustrations or meticulously designed infographics, maps and charts which helped to bring the stories to life. “Power” was governed by a core creative principle: everything for a reason. We strove to keep the issue lean yet informative, simple yet striking, beautiful on the surface and just as rich within. Power was conceived with the hope of inspiring action; Weapons of Reason 4 spotlights resources and organisations that can help the reader to take tangible next-steps.’
(Quoted from: Hüman After All/Weapons of Reason)