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Zombie Reagan’s out of context in cheerful autistic urban decay

April 11, 2012

Zombie Reagan returns this time in a plug for the Buffett rule – except the clip is out of context. And isn’t video clips taken out of context really the ultimate zombie, the stealing of a soul. The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein explains and has links to the clip and to to a full text of the same speech. The clip lends zombie Reagan’s voice to the Obama policy initiative but the full text is a different story.

Meanwhile, Santorum is done but zombie Gingrich keeps going. Today’s Guardian reminds us that:

Fox News labels Gingrich’s bid as “the zombie campaign”. The question now, is whether the zombie will finally lay down and die.

But is he zombie because he was never going to win and just kept running or is he zombie because he split the system and helped the elite maintain zombie establishment. Recall back in early March ZombieLaw noted Mitt Romney’s Zombie Problem but now that it seem nearly over, maybe it wasn’t a problem, zombies run good cover. And Zombie Gingrich is so cheerful about losing.

Meanwhile Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw of the Escapist.com has updated his November article “Why We Love Zombies” with a new piece about “The Growth of the Zombie Myth”. Croshaw is writing mostly about video games (some movies) and I don’t agree with everything but his major point is spot on:

Zombies are basically part of the folklore of modern urban society. I look at the phenomenon of ‘zombie walks’ and I’m reminded of ancient tribal ceremonies in which the menfolk would dress as evil spirits from their campfire tales and run around hooting and smacking the children. A thousand years from now people will probably assume that zombies actually did exist from all the stories we tell about them, in the same way we tend to picture dragons and wizards actually existing in medieval times.

Croshaw writes that we like zombies because:

1. Zombies are an unequivocal enemy
2. Zombie murder is guilt-free
3. Zombies represent life after death
4. Humans love apocalypses

Or in other (psychoanalytic) words zombies are about a Big Other, Freudian guilt complexes, death drives, immortality and destructive (perhap Marxist Capital) cycles of revolution.

Compare Andrew Sparling in The Stylus: “Movie monsters downplay human emotion”.

It seems ironic that people are obsessed with anything about creatures who now represent the negative aspects of consumerism. Zombies have no higher needs besides food. They don’t seek love or money. It’s impossible to know if zombies are even aware of pain when attacking a survivor. They simply grow and eat on instinct until they consume everything around them, and then they move onto the next place.

Echoing Scorsese’s remarks from earlier this week, Sparling continues:

Unlike the new vampire world that seems so seductive and alluring, the zombie world is one where humanity is weeded out with the brutal efficiency of a viral infection. In the television series The Walking Dead, which was based on the graphic serial novel of the same name, the remaining survivors in this zombie-infested world are now an endangered species fighting for survival. They are also struggling to keep their humanity in a world where morality can be as dead as the reanimated corpses they are surrounded by. Ultimately, both worlds mean doom for humanity.

This is perhaps all just Walking Dead press but I think it important the connection of lack of emotions to zombies. Particularly in the context of growing autism diagnoses (Kaiser reports 23% increase).. Zombies are becoming a metaphor for people to express certain forms of humanity and political class oppression in a computer controlled bureaucracy that decreasingly values emotion and is struggling to teach children how to cope.

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