Tension is an interesting concept, and one that I am certain we can all relate to. Think for a moment about the previous year. It has been—without a doubt—one of the most difficult years in recent memory. In case you have forgotten here are a few of the highlights of 2016: climate change continued to be a contentious issue world wide. The Zika virus caused a pandemic throughout South and Central America. The self-proclaimed Islamic State continued its reign of terror, straining international relations. The Panama Papers exposed a vast international network of corruption amongst the wealthy. The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando left 49 dead. Britain decided to leave the European Union in a surge of nationalistic sentiment spurred by the global migrant crisis. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens their water supply and sacred lands. The death of cultural icons; David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen and Gwen Ifill. In response to the numerous murders of unarmed people of color by police officers, a new Civil Rights Movement began under the name Black Lives Matter. In response to these murders a string of retaliatory murders of police officers occurred. And, of course, we cannot forget the Presidential election and the remarkable upset victory of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Trump’s victory emboldened white nationalists and a wave of hate crimes occurred. This past year has been tense. As such it seemed natural that Zeromile #10 should examine tension as a thematic concept. Every article focuses on a different tension as it relates to Society, Culture, Gender, and Art, and the design of this issue supports the theme. I hope you find the articles interesting and are able to come away with a new understanding of the new and tense era we have found ourselves in.
Editor in Chief
Zeromile Magazine #10