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War of Man Against Himself In order to grasp the socio-political culture of the 20th century we must look at the artifacts of that period since they are the ultimate reflections of their time Its impossible to breath the air of the cold war and measure the tensions of that period so what we can do is to read books watch films and documentaries regarding the cold war Dr Strangelove directed by Kubrick reflects the anxieties values and beliefs of the Cold War culture In its context of the Cold War and nuclear proliferation Dr Strangelove represents to the United States a Cold War rhetoric and anxiety and the beginning of the wave of political and cultural dissent that would climax in the late 1960s Its a film that demonstrates many of the ways that the Cold War was a part of US culture and everyday life On the other hand in order to compare and contrast the era of the cold war and the contemporary period we should also analyse our lives since we are witnessing the ultimate effects of todays socio-cultural context Furthermore we must also look at todays artifacts because our life experiences may not be enough to grasp the general picture with its details we need other views Fight Club directed by Fincher is the reflection of the post-modern era and the 21st century The culture of consumerism capitalism and the discourse of globalization shapes the contemporary world What I will do before analysing Dr Stangelove is to give theoretical information about the big picture of world and human affairs during the cold war to make easier for understanding the irony and satire in the movie since Dr Strangelove is criticising the context while showing the actual and possible shortcomings of the tensions of the cold warIn the second part of the paper I will try to reflect todays system with the movie Fight Club I believe Wilhelm Reich and Joseph
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