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March 18, 2014

Two new takes on the continuing question of why zombies?

Margaret Atwood in FT: “Why readers and writers are so fixated with dystopian visions“:

the old idea that those who worked hard would inevitably be rewarded has gone out the window, so the allure of zombiehood – no past, no future, no brain, no pain, no mortgage – has therefore increased.

Sounds like the musical “Rent”. And perhaps the zombie phenomenom is similar to all the youngster who idolized dying artists in the 1990s. Atwood also points to climate science and a comment refers to Cli-Fi, and by the way, a “Sharknado” sequel is coming this summer!

Atwood continues:

Some of the recent dystopias are fanciful entertainment, or so we trust – no, the Zombie Apocalypse is not right around the corner.

Do these scary fictional futures perform a more serious function?

Perhaps these fictions about the future – not the zombie can’t-happen ones, but the might-happen ones – function as blueprints. They allow us to sketch out how things could be, should we continue down an extension of the road we appear to be on, and therefore to decide whether that is the road we want to take.

“and I—. I took the one less traveled by”

Meanwhile in TruthOut, Werner de Gruijter: “The Zombification of the West” pins zombie firmly on consumerism and also authoritarianism, describing a:

process of the “zombification of the individual”

we end up in a situation where most people in the West don’t believe in fighting for civil and economic liberties anymore. They simply can’t imagine that a more humane form of capitalism and democracy is attainable

longing for authoritarianism is in fact a desperate attempt to sustain one’s zombie-like identity, even to the point of self-destruction. It works through a process of mental repression of information that signifies the unpleasant reality of fears one has to overcome to grow as a human being. Psychologists sometimes call this zombie-like resistance to growth “learned helplessness.”
…[and]…
Because of this cultivated resistance to growth, politicians gain in popularity when they facilitate this process of zombification.

ZombieLaw previously mentioned Margaret Atwood in a quote from Paul Thomas in reference to Education Policy.

Many others have attempted to answer the why-zombie question.

Recently Noam Chomsky attempted – social fear – similar to wild west frontierland and consider invasive species , and heavy metal natives.

Consider also: Heteronormative zombies, austerity zombies, sports zombies, and hackers.

And why in video games: suspend disbelief, and less killing-guilt.

Science still can’t really answer, are we Chalmers zombies?? Dennett zombies? Do we have free will or are we delusional?
neuroscience, or simulations uncanny valley , animal consciousness zombies, legal transgression zombies,liberalsconservatives, Bill O’Reilly zombies,

capitalism-slavery —it’s a business — or it’s a myth hurting lendingNOT JUST ECONOMICS350 kinds of zombies

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3 Comments
  1. ATWOOD MENTIONS CLI FI IN HER VERY GOOd piece there and i coined the term cli fi and interviwed chris shaw UK professor re zombies and climate change issues,see full interview and lbog about his idea. VITAL – http://klima101.blogspot.tw/2014/01/chris-shaw-on-what-we-need-to-do-to.html

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