Michael Totten covers an impressive amount of ground in his overview of contemporary zombie culture. It might be called the Dark Anthropocene: An emerging world spooked by the thickening dread that everybody else on the planet is a latent zombie threat. Beneath a thin, rapidly-shredding skin of civility, your increasingly incomprehensible neighbors are mindless cannibals, awaiting a trigger. Dysfunctional Nation States offer no credible protection, but they’ve hung around long enough to ensure that you’ve been drastically disarmed of basic survival competences. Some residual amygdala-pulse is telling you to start thinking-through how you’ll cope when it all finally caves in.

No surprise to anyone that Outside in sees this, quite straightforwardly, as democratic introspection. It only takes people to start feasting directly in the same way they vote, and we’re Zacked. The entire culture is saying — and by now practically screaming — that this is the way socio-political modernity ends.

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  • Altadoon Says:

    Nothing new here. Zombies were always expression of fear against modernity. It can be broken down on two simple ingredients:
    -Fear of radical social change inducing new ethics and values (and lack of thereof)
    -Fear of technology (and unknown things it may produce)

    After old culture broke down all boogyman figures and tropes became outdated, the only thing left was to disturb only comfort we have from our fears: death. Undead figures exist in old culture, but not in this way – zombies were synthesised by modern technology.

    This also explains why I dislike zombies and hate their relevance to modern culture – I respect the old culture and like the new technology.

    You could always talk about the fact that modernity wishes for its own death, but that’s a completely different (and massive) topic.


    Kgaard Reply:

    I liked the Totten piece. Makes a good point: When the concept of having an “us” in the midst of a “them” is effectively outlawed, everyone becomes “them.” One lives in permanent paranoia of social collapse because one cannot trust one’s neighbors — because one doesn’t really know them. HBD makes this all the more evident in its findings that races are fundamentally different.

    Last night I got home from a long trip and a Pakastani was driving my cab from the airport. He didn’t know a BASIC intersection in my city — a fact he largely occluded til we were well on the way. Eventually he pulls over and starts asking for the address to put into GPS. Incredibly infuriating. This is social breakdown. This guy was all apologetic but his three kids won’t be.


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