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Zombies cliché? derp!

January 15, 2013

At YahooAnswers, user Haidock asked yesterday: “Is this zombie apocalypse idea cliché?” Best Answer from Alex H: “It’s a zombie apocalypse! of course it’s cliché!” But I love the answer of Kenna R: “IS MAYONNAISE AN INSTRUMENT”

Meanwhile at Creative Media Blog: “‘Walking Dead’ Zombies Follow Twitter Fans — Grunting Ensues” by Amy Corr reporting on a ‘Walking Dead’ promotional prank that incorporated online bots (a sort of zombie double entendre). According to Carr, the hashtag #walkingdeadNT1 was contaminated by a viral marketing scheme of bot twitter accounts to growl at every subsequent tweets;

once Twitter users tweeted the hashtag, more than a dozen zombies would start following them on Twitter, retweeting their messages and sending them pithy remarks like “GRR” and “AAAGH.”

Then comes “sanitation”:

the ‘Sanitary Services’ department, charged with cleaning up the zombie contamination, were the real people responsible for the sudden disappearance of zombie followers.”

Zombies are cliché like mayonnaise – see “Mayonnaise Spoilage Myths – Mayonnaise Safety“:

Commercial mayonnaise has an undeserved bad reputation as a cause of food spoilage. In fact, commercial mayonnaise is loaded with acid and preservatives that can actually extend the life of salads by killing bacteria. The eggs used in prepared mayonnaise are pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. … it is usually cross-contamination of uncooked foods that causes foodborne illness, not the prepared mayo.

Meanwhile zombie economics metaphors are still spreading – See Financial Times and CNBC today:

FT: “‘Zombies’ seen to hold back economy” by Sarah O’Connor and Brian Groom
CNBC: “VIDEO: What Are Zombie Foreclosures?” by Diana Olick intro has Maria Bartiromo saying “zombie homes”.

From a certain perspective the whole system is contaminated and it’s hard to tell who are the real zombies – As in the Everglades, invasive species come in all sorts of forms, and it’s easy to demonize pythons but the problem is systemic. Is it cliché to say that globalism is distorting problems of local context?

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