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This ZombieLaw ranting post, a bit all over the place because there’s a bunch of “zombie” references worth noting today.
Let’s start with CBSNews: “Nina In New York: Wake Up And Smell The Bacon, For Reals” by Nina Pajak about an Oscar Meyer “Wake Up and Smell the Bacon” promotion:
Probably, studies will find that over time it contributes to massive weight gain and perhaps creates a troubling Pavlovian response in its users to alarms and buzzers of all kinds. Perhaps one day we will read about people who, upon hearing a beeping or ringtone associated with their Oscar Mayer app, walk across five lanes of active traffic or disrupt a movie or concert or class or make a scene on an airplane in a desperate and uncontrollable attempt to feed their insatiable, zombie-like craving for bacon.
I would encourage you to watch that advertising because it’s awesome and totally captures the addictive properties of the bacon smell and how something about victory is evoked in tasting the salty flesh — maybe it’s the killing? I would also encourage you watch some pig snuff films, watch what happens in the slaughterhouse.
Oscar Meyer uses personality and sexuality to sell what is in reality a disgusting industrial process. Why do people want their bologna to have a first name? Not the pig to have a name, but the company to magically rename a horrid process into something enticing. Through a new name, the dissociation begins. A pig by another name does smell more savory.
People are evil but they don’t want to think that of themselves. They will do whatever they can do dissociate their own evil. Comedians, entertainers, social critics, they shove it back in our face. There is no greater modern example than the South Park guys;
Gamespot: “South Park RPG censorship feels like a double standard, co-creator says” by Eddie Makuch quotes Matt Stone and has a video of reviewers talking while playing the new game;
“There is an interactiveness that makes it different. In movies and television you can do stuff that’s morally grey very easily, because you get to show consequences, you get to show reward, but in a video game there’s a reason why everything is a Nazi, zombie, or alien–these are pretty clear moral choices,” Stone said. “There are things that make people more uncomfortable in an interactive world, definitely. But that said, what we had in the game, we could have shown that on TV pretty easily, especially now.”
In the video the Gamespot guys give some examples of the censorship; abortion, anal probing, and Nazi symbols for the German version. There is still interactive pooping. (Side note: are there apps to help children learn to poop? Learning to poop in the right place is a moral choice as is deciding when it’s ok to talk about poop.) Back to Stone’s point, is morality different in TV and in interactive video games?
Similarly, how does morality change between countries? Is it somehow different to use the Nazi symbol in Germany than it is Colorado? Doesn’t the context matter? Isn’t a South Park episode always just a South Park episode? Should texts be free to share, for symbols to freely commingle? Isn’t that part of the spirit of our democracy? But see other ZombieLaw on symbols (Rising Sun flag, Cleveland Indians, etc..). Speaking of which, see BangkokPost: “The zombie Nazis of North Asia“
Way to go South Park guys for always finding a way to push the limits. I’m still really surprised no one has tried to kill them for their image portrayal of prophet Mohammed as a censored box. And also surprised that Book of Mormon is still running on Broadway. At testament to both the weakness of recent Broadway and to the skillfulness of their musical at tapping the classic Broadway musical comedy conventions.
Speaking of Book of Mormon. Congratulations to Bobby Lopez on his Oscar for “Frozen”. I assume he’s going to try for Television now? Mr. Lopez, your EGOT awaits.
But first, back to “Frozen”, a great animation and musical in it’s own right. This show’s cross-marketing is only just beginning. Time to get the boys – the Brozens (see Bronies) – here’s a zombie hockey mask that looks an awful lot like the ice monster guarding the queen’s mountain-top ice palace, at CBSSports: “Hockey PHOTO: Semyon Varlamov has a new mask with zombie snowmen” by Brian Stubits about a new hockey mask by artist Dave Gunnarsson for Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche, entitled: “Dawn of the Frosty Zombies – Snowing Dead in the Rocky Mountains“:
In modern media, it’s all about the cross-promotions. (Frozen is available on HD download in less than two weeks) And for example, next time you watch a television sitcom, notice every time you hear a reference to bacon – not just in the commercials, in the actual plot or jokes of the show. Wonder why that scene is in the diner, or at a breakfast table, sure, we could argue it’s normal, art imitating life, but so too, life imitates art, and advertisers know it. They pay to get bacon references, and the parade of symbol repetition generates sales. Not every bacon wakeup call leads to bacon sales, but eventually it does.
Like a worm or a virus, as in ArsTechnica, running your own email server, “Taking e-mail back, part 2: Arming your server with Postfix and Dovecot” by Lee Hutchinson:
We touched briefly on concepts of ownership and security before talking about the responsibility that comes with that ownership and security. E-mail is like a puppy, and once you step up and own your own puppy, you’ve got to take care of it, clean up after it, and make sure evil people don’t infect it with horrible viruses and transform it into a zombie.
Aww the cute little email server, post(hello world), and next thing you know it’s biting the hand that feeds it with offers from Nigerian princes, tech support phishing scams, routing to all your friends and family. It’s just a puppy, but no, it’s a living breathing animal and you have to treat it nice! We are all animals and we all need good treatment lest we turn into zombies.
Animals need water, BloombergBusinessWeek: “Can Water Under the Mojave Desert Help Quench California?” by Peter Waldman
“The desert aquifer is tied to growth on the southern coast. Why else would a small Orange County water agency do a project in the middle of the desert?” says Conner Everts of the Southern California Watershed Alliance. “We call these ‘zombie water projects’—projects that come back to life when people worry about drought. At some point California is going to have to make water a much more serious part of land-use decisions.”
Past droughts have produced zombie proposals such as bringing icebergs from Alaska by barge and towing acre-size plastic bags filled with water from Northern California rivers. This time around critics are sneering at Governor Brown’s $15 billion plan to bore a pair of 30-mile tunnels east of Sacramento to channel Sierra Nevada runoff to critical agricultural land. The Poseidon desalinization proposal for northern Orange County, an area with plentiful groundwater and a successful water reuse program, also draws ridicule from Everts and other environmentalists, who say desalting seawater is expensive and emits greenhouse gases. “It’s like Cadiz. These things just don’t die,” he says.
And finally, for this post, NYTimes Sunday Book Review of Walter Kirn’s ‘Blood Will Out’, “The Journalist and the Masquerader” by Nina Burleigh suggests:
a zombie Gatsby and Kirn the post-apocalyptic Fitzgerald, chronicling upper-crust America in free fall.