Do You Want To Join The Zombies?

Zombie_haitiWould you join the zombies?

George Romero once said, if faced with a zombie apocalypse, he’d run out and join them. This article by former disinformation® writer Nick Mamatas traces the secret appeal of collaborating with world-conquering zombies, and suggests zombie-mania is becoming a real social force. “For many readers and viewers of zombie stuff, the zombies are what you practice on while preparing for the real uprisings to come.”

Besides zombie literature like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and George Romero’s new upcoming zombie movie, Marvel even launched a line of superhero comics called… “Marvel Zombies”. And people are staging zombie-themed flash mobs on two different continents…)

But zombie message boards inevitably turn to discussions about real-world survivalism tactics, which has its own appeal. “The iconic zombie horde isn’t just a stand-in for a terrifying undifferentiated Other, but a symbol of how we might shamble and shuffle toward liberation… Zombies will wear the monkey suits they were buried in, or the tattered uniforms of their old day jobs, but they don’t have to dress to impress or keep up appearances.”

It may also be a secret reflection on the political stalemate of our time, since “characters who escape the zombies often find themselves confronting a corrupt human authority even worse than the undead.”

“In a zombie apocalypse, there are only two choices. Go down fighting, and not for humanity but rather for canned goods and isolated mountain cabins. Or you can find the awe within the horror, the freedom of a sort that can only be enjoyed by former slaves, and do what George Romero once said he’d do if the zombie apocalypse came to his door: go out and get bitten.”

Would you join the zombies?

5 Comments on "Do You Want To Join The Zombies?"

  1. Meh, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Beats watching American Idol, anyways.

  2. dumbsaint | Mar 11, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

    I have plans to build a 'maggot trench' so I should be good for a while. Unless I end up with zombied maggots, that'd suck.

  3. Zombie dreams are some of my most recurring. If I could be conscious I guess I'd join em. Otherwise I'd run like the dickens.

    • I have the same dreams! anytime I leave my house, the streets are flooded with mindless, drooling, empty-eyed, excuses for humans!
      Then I realize I'm awake, and it's just Monday.

  4. Real_goodguy | Jun 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm |

    It might already be too late…

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