12 Mar

Thanks for this, Peter; sounds like an interesting, worthy and fun read. (I hadn’t seen this post till just now; interestingly enough, my last post referenced zombies-as-metaphor in terms of certain street drugs. We explored the question of why zombies, why now, a few years back, but while I knew about a church giving away semi-automatic weapons referencing how prepared one would be for a zombie apocalypse, I hadn’t appreciated how much gun culture as a whole had embraced the zombie apocalypse meme. Fascinating stuff.)

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Zombology:  Zombies and the Decline of the West (and Guns), Brian Anse Patrick, 2014

The late Patrick, whose areas of expertise were the technique of propaganda and American gun culture, decided to explore the subject of zombies.  Zombies have infiltrated the gun culture in a big way–there are guns and ammunitions marketed especially for shooting zombies, and Patrick kicks off with a number of observations about weapon made and marketed for a fictional target, which is very strange, because as we all know, zombies aren’t real.

But are they?  Patrick suggests that the zombie phenomenon–not a fad, because it has entered into our collective subconscious in America–is a manifestation of something else in our collective subconscious:  the decline of the West and our various anxieties about it.

Yes, this is another decline book.  Patrick is rather modest in his goals:  he looks at the form of the manifestation of the anxiety

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4 responses to “Zombology

  1. Peter Blood

    March 12, 2017 at 11:07 am

    I was at a movie a number years ago, and every preview was for something in a post-apocalyptic setting. I wondered, is Hollywood pushing this on us, or responding to a societal feeling? I decided more of the latter, that’s the way to rake in shekels.

    It’ll be interesting to watch the zeitgeist change if Trump is successful in what he’s trying to do.

    • Will S.

      March 12, 2017 at 11:14 am

      It’s always hard to know with Hollywood, because there is a fair degree of SJW infiltration, pushing agendas even if unpopular – look at the Ghostbusters female version, which bombed…

      That said, though, I think you’re right, that overall, Hollywood generally knows what it’s doing, in terms of giving people what they will pay for, to rake in the dough.

      Yes, it will be interesting to see, if Trump’s effects manage to be long-lasting and not just ripples in the water (here today, gone tomorrow), how Hollywood may change.


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