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What's Up With America's Apocalypse Obsession?

From Ice Age to 2012, we can't get enough of the end of the world.

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So maybe movies like Ice Age are much more than just family fun and cute plotlines; they’re helping to socialize the kiddies for what’s to come.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is an associate editor at AlterNet and a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and editor. Formerly the executive editor of The FADER, her work has appeared in VIBE, SPIN, New York Times and various other magazines and websites.