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The zombie monster isn’t any one zombie (350 kinds?)

January 17, 2014

Explanation of why “Zombies are the perfect monster” in WindowsITPro: “Three Similarities Between the Zombie Apocalypse and the Death of Windows XP” by Rod Trent

Frankenstein is afraid of fire, Dracula can be killed by decapitation and a stake through the heart, the Wolfman can be stopped by a silver bullet, the Invisible Man is just a loon, but a Zombie cannot be killed. Well, you can decapitate a Zombie, or burn it to a crisp, but that’s just a single entity. In truth, no matter what camp you fall in as to whether it’s a virus, a brain parasite, a neurotoxin, neurogenesis, or nanobots that cause the birth of Zombies, it doesn’t affect just a single entity. That’s the beauty of Zombism. The virus replicates, intact, at an alarming rate across entire populations. By the time anyone realizes there’s a Zombie outbreak, it’s too late as thousands will be infected at once. As soon as you kill one, hundreds take its place. The virus is the perfect organic botnet.

In this IT professional’s zombie we see allusion to the whole monster mash, neuroscience and viral epidemiology, and then computers. What is important about this description is the power of the zombie is in it’s numbers. The individual zombie is not the problem, it’s that they just keep coming. Consider traditional hand to hand combat, most individuals would be subdued by 3 against one, trained fighters might overcome higher odds, but consider 100-1, inside a small space, it is unlikely that anyone (except Batman or James Bond) can escape.

No matter what kind of zombie, the problem is the number of them, the repetition, the infinitude.

In recent attempt to classify zombies, see Kickstarter project: “The Map of the Zombies” by Jason Thompson. This poster funded over 20 thousand dollars on Kickstarter – wow! Over 500 backers, over 400 at the $30 level. Very impressive. Aside from zombie fans, it also appeals to those with interest in the aesthetics of vintage medical posters (recall the recent MLA call for submissions about old comic books zombies and medical discourse).

The fear is not the individual zombies, it’s the array. That’s what so impressive about the Map, that it claims to organize so much. Thompson is mostly done with his zombie map and then he is going to map another creature trope.

Speaking of organizing 350 zombies – my zombie book from kickstarter has excerpts from over 300 federal court opinions with “zombie” words. The softcover version of “Zombie in the Federal Courts” is available on Amazon.

AND already I’ve compiled similar books for other creatures (Werewolf, Red Herring, Mad Scientist, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund) and more are in planned.

I am glad that my Kickstarter funded and motivated me to actually produce this project. But I am also glad that it didn’t blow up 20-times-goal like Thompson’s Map project did. It’s now a little over a year later and I missed my original book ship deadline and it’s still delayed and in the final project I am losing a money on each book (which is all so very zombie!) — Still, so far, it’s still all worth it, to have kickstarted this absurd venture, getting me to actually do what I was saying I should do, and now it’s nearly done!

I kept saying I was going to make these books but I never would have actually done it if Kickstarter hadn’t got me going. The hive has a power that no individual has alone. Thanks to kickstarter, Thompson’s map is yet another zombie in the world- and really they have spawned so many. I am proud to be amongst these ranks with others like Zombie-Based Learning and Vegan Zombie cookbook– and so many more…

The internet-crowdsource-hive-mind is a powerful “organic botnet” that produces zombie art. It’s not just the individual art, it’s the mass collection that is fascinating… and terrifying… nom nom….

See also bestiary of zombies, zombie-not-zombie, rules for zombies, “is this a zombie? feminism” and fastslow debate..

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