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New Theory about Zombie Stories

May 10, 2018

Part of a conversation I had yesterday, leading to my new theory about zombie stories:

My friend from grad school: As an educator, I’m not as interested in the opinion as I am in how the student came up with their opinion and why they came to the conclusion in the first place. And, for the most part, my students get it. Others, their eyes gloss over and they spout some abbreviated political statement adopted from Fox News. I’ve recently had a woman call me a “radical liberal.” I asked, “What, exactly, does that mean?” She stammered, “Well, I don’t know. I mean, you know what it means. All college professors are liberal; you know what I’m saying.” I said, “I do not know. I do know, however, that I would not use any word that I could not define.”
Fox News Syndrome is a real thing….I don’t believe that many of [the president’s] supporters understand that they ought to be able to make connections among several different acts. We use oil. Iran has oil. We have nuclear weapons. Iran has nuclear weapons.
Wait! What? Iran has nukes? We have to blow them up before they blow us up! (side bar: blowing them up will destroy the oil that we want.)
No foresight, no awareness, no concern for anyone outside of that microcosm. On top of that, the president’s supporters tend to be one issue voters, and emotional ones, at that. Reason does not work on those who do not recognize it.

Me: So what I’m hearing here is that the popularity of zombie stories has been a warning that, after the collapse of any kind of government safety nets, the hordes of diseased and homeless people will realize, too late, that they should have cultivated their own brains and–misled into thinking that eating is the way to absorb brainpower–will come for ours.

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