The rise of the zombie phenomenon in popular culture

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The rise of the zombie phenomenon in popular culture

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Lately I have been questioning myself, and society as a whole, regarding the rise of the Zombie Apocalypse sub-culture, now gone mainstream, and my own fascination with zombies as well. I guess I have to start with my own thinking and try to expand that to the sub-culture and society at large.

Throughout modern history there have been many groups that have held apocalyptic beliefs and prepared for the end of the world as we know it.

Past Doomsday groups have usually had a specific date in mind, but current Zombie Apocalypse preppers and other modern preppers in general have no such timeline, other than it could happen at anytime. To many people, the world has been teetering on the edge of destruction for a long time, famines, droughts, tsunamis, the dust bowl, great depression, world wars, etc… So, how does this all relate to zombies?

I believe that zombies have become a metaphorical representation of society in the modern world.

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People who have forgone their individual strength in favor of government checks, food stamps and programs. We have a generation or two of video game zombie kids. TV zombies that are more tuned into American Idol or Dancing with the Stars than the economic strife and political turmoil going on around them.

When you stop and think about it, we are surrounded by zombies of some sort on a daily basis.

The rise of the zombie phenomenon in popular culture

Mindless masses going through life on auto-pilot. Now, when we bring all these things together, is it any surprise that the zombie apocalypse culture is growing? More and more people are starting to wake up to the state of the world, the economy, their governments and so on.

Many have begun prepping for whatever they perceive as the most pressing threat, but in doing so try to make sure they are prepared for ANY eventuality.

Ironically, zombies also seem to fit their view of the current world condition, whether they realize it consciously or not. Zombies, being mindless creatures driven by the basest instincts too feed, are a metaphor which could apply to those who seem to mindlessly pursue money or power, follow the mainstream media, look to the government to fulfill all their needs or who mindlessly envy or covet the success and the wealth of others and abdicate their own ability and individual power to achieve.

Zombiphiles, from what I have seen, seem to be a combination of self-reliant preppers, gun enthusiasts that foresee government restrictions and fun-loving free thinkers. Zombie prep seems to be a fun way to prepare for the worst.

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Zombie Crawls, zombie themed shooting contests, etc… all seems to put a little fun into serious concerns. For me zombies are definitely a metaphor of society, for others they are just fun and for some they are the ultimate underdog challenge.

In America especially, the underdog is an icon, a force to be reckoned with. I believe this is another driving factor behind the rise of the zombiphiles. There is something alluring about a small rag-tag group of survivors facing countless hordes of undead, surviving against incredible odds.

Societal metaphor, sense of impending doom on many fronts, attraction to the underdog aspects and just plain fun. So, what say you?Sociology Compass (): 7, –, /soc Locating Zombies in the Sociology of Popular Culture Todd K.

Platts* University of Missouri Department of Sociology Abstract In this essay, focusing primarily on the cinema of the walking corpse, I provide an overview of zombie studies and suggest potential avenues for sociological inquiry into zombie phenomena.

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The rise of the zombie phenomenon in popular culture

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