Throwback 1992: “zombie gaze”
In SPIN, Nov. 1992 article encouraging voting has a section from Krist Novoselic of the band Nirvana (although they call him Chris). Novoselic referred to Czech President Václav Havel‘s comparison of “bad taste and bad government” and wrote:
What are these ghastly images that seize my mind and make me don the zombie gaze of Tor Johnson? It is the Republican-right image.
Recall that the 1992 election was won by Bill Clinton and in part because of youth turnout (“teen spirit”?).
More recently “zombie gaze” has been used by Lego to refer to digitizing projects with Lego Fusion. Their press release from June 19th in PRNewsWire quotes Ditte Bruun Pedersen, senior design manager at LEGO Future Lab:
“In our research, we heard repeatedly from parents that they are constantly battling ‘zombie gaze,’ the experience when their children are immersed in their device screens for large blocks of time,” said Pedersen
“Gaze” is of course related to eyes and this new Lego Fusion is an app to take digital pictures of actual physical Lego brick creations and digitize them into virtual world. It’s interesting that the Lego PR quote is about children zoning out into their computer while advertising a new way for the machine to scan and literally zone objects into the computer. In this sense, it’s this new machine technology which can now look at the real world and therefore it’s the machine that now has zombie gaze.
Recall also from previous ZombieLaw: “The gaze of the zombie” (mentioning psychoanalytic gaze), “Self-expression and dogs” (referencing “gaze alternation”), “Burlesque Zombie Feminism Like a Boss” (with “male gaze”), and “Zombies – it’s the eyes” (referring to Hillary Clinton’s thick glasses at Benghazi hearings).
So here’s a throwback to 1992, before the Clinton’s occupied the White House, the first season of MTV’s “The Real World” premiered, zoning out a generation of kids into the virtual. In 1992, we had Nirvana and gazing at “MTV was amazing“: