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2013-10-21 07:15:30 AM  
We're not hating, Dr. Faux.

We're pointing and laughing.
 
2013-10-21 07:25:08 AM  

T-Servo: Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards


Zombies are a metaphor.  I thought everyone everyone understood that.
 
2013-10-21 07:27:26 AM  

T-Servo: FTFA: Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you're dead, you're dead.  Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to inflict violence on brown people, create imaginary crises by shutting down government, and keep women-folk in the kitchen.

FTFH

/zombies are popular because they explore the dystopian futures my generation has come to expect from pompous boomers like the author and the network he writes for


I like that. Can I use it?
 
2013-10-21 07:31:19 AM  

dittybopper: T-Servo: Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards

Zombies are a metaphor.  I thought everyone everyone understood that.


It's been used as a metaphor in most of the movies, especially the Romero ones but I suspect it's also a fantasy for survivalist/gun nuts who actually have detailed plans on how to deal with the zombie apocalypse.
 
2013-10-21 07:31:26 AM  

T-Servo: /zombies are popular because they explore the dystopian futures my generation has come to expect from pompous boomers like the author and the network he writes for


Also a zombie-infested dystopia is becoming more appealing than actually living in the modern world.

Back to basics, small groups, survival. Life is very real.
 
2013-10-21 07:37:12 AM  

Mugato: dittybopper: T-Servo: Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards

Zombies are a metaphor.  I thought everyone everyone understood that.

It's been used as a metaphor in most of the movies, especially the Romero ones but I suspect it's also a fantasy for survivalist/gun nuts who actually have detailed plans on how to deal with the zombie apocalypse.


There are such groups. Look up "zombie squad" sometime.
 
2013-10-21 07:38:22 AM  

Gothnet: Also a zombie-infested dystopia is becoming more appealing than actually living in the modern world.

Back to basics, small groups, survival. Life is very real.


Yeah but in most zombie stories, no one gets along. Except Maggie and Short Round. And Daryl and Jamie Lee Curtis.
 
2013-10-21 07:42:05 AM  
jaybeezey:
Nice try, but next thing you know, Acorn would be signing them up to vote and bussing them to the polls and the Right Honorable Reverand Al Sharpton would have them classified as a protected class.

Oh have I got the show for you.  Masters of Horror episode titled "Homecoming".  Not great, but decent.  Bonus for insane, thinly-disguised not-Ann-Coulter character.
 
2013-10-21 07:43:49 AM  
Spengler, one of the few intelligent conservatives today, makes this point:

Sometime in 2011 the total number of film plots with the keyword "zombie" passed the number of film plots with the keyword "cowboy," according to the Internet Movie Database. One might argue that the zombie has become the great American archetype of the postmodern era, as the cowboy was the American archetype a century ago. With the release of Brad Pitt's $200 million zombie epic what used to be the stuff of low-budget shockers has entered the American cultural mainstream. Therein lies a lesson. ...

Dying cultures are the living dead. Half of the world's 6,000 languages will disappear by the end of this century. They are zombie cultures. But we Americans are gestating a zombie culture inside what used to be a "country with the soul of a church," as G.K. Chesterton put it. The hedonistic narcissism that took over popular culture during the 1960s produced a spiritual deadening like nothing in American history. That's why we are so fascinated with zombies. We identify with them.


I'd also add my thoughts earlier in the thread about zombie banks, vampires, and such.
 
2013-10-21 07:45:43 AM  
That the hugely successful zombie show is on a competitor's network has nothing, nothing at all to do with publishing a paranoid, childish scribble attempting to claim that it's harmful to 'murrica.
 
2013-10-21 07:48:28 AM  
Thanks for the Spengler link. I don't agree with everything he says in it so far but it's a really interesting point of view on the whole zombie thing.

Helps that he's a good writer.
 
2013-10-21 07:52:46 AM  

Weaver95: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Zombies are bad because socialism. We're scraping the bottom of the barrel here, Fox News.

Fox news needs *something* to go on.  they just got their asses kicked over the shutdown and are flailing around desperately for an issue, any issue, that they can focus on to keep the base motivated and on target for 2014.


The teabaggers that email me are back to bumper stickers blaming welfare.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-21 07:52:47 AM  

verbaltoxin: T-Servo: FTFA: Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you're dead, you're dead.  Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to inflict violence on brown people, create imaginary crises by shutting down government, and keep women-folk in the kitchen.

FTFH

/zombies are popular because they explore the dystopian futures my generation has come to expect from pompous boomers like the author and the network he writes for

I like that. Can I use it?


By all means.
 
2013-10-21 07:53:42 AM  

Mugato: dittybopper: T-Servo: Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards

Zombies are a metaphor.  I thought everyone everyone understood that.

It's been used as a metaphor in most of the movies, especially the Romero ones but I suspect it's also a fantasy for survivalist/gun nuts who actually have detailed plans on how to deal with the zombie apocalypse.


It's actually a metaphor for the survivalists also.  It's a way of discussion shooting or otherwise dispatching or avoiding the hoards of people they would expect after a major collapse to come looking for their stuff.

It's a way of talking and thinking about it without actually talking or thinking about shooting living people, which is unpleasant to contemplate.

I thought that was understood.
 
2013-10-21 07:55:35 AM  
If you play State of Decay on the PC, get the George Romero Mod. It lets you customize the game to your own view of a zombie apocalypse.
http://forums.undeadlabs.com/showthread.php?33990-George-Romero-Mod-
 
2013-10-21 07:55:48 AM  
www.biography.com

Just wondering if before they wrote this, did anyone at Fox see where this guy was at?
 
2013-10-21 07:57:25 AM  
My term for zombies is 'children over the age of 18'.

You know, Obama voters.
 
2013-10-21 08:00:59 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: T-Servo: /zombies are popular because they explore the dystopian futures my generation has come to expect from pompous boomers like the author and the network he writes for

Zombies in American popular culture appeared in the 1950s, and were (one of many) metaphors for Communism and the impending threat of a Communist invasion.  So the current obsession with zombies is simply yet another Cold War throwback.


No, back then they were a metaphor for Communism.

Today, they are a way for people to discuss killing people without being so gauche as to discuss killing living, breathing people.  They are a metaphor, at least among survivalist circles, for the people who didn't prepare for the massive collapse of society, and who would roam around looking for food, etc., and who would be willing to take it by force if necessary.

/I'd probably be one of the hordes.
 
2013-10-21 08:01:21 AM  

WippitGuud: No Time To Explain: The Holy Bibble

/the Christian zombie book
//PRAISE ZOMBIE CHRIST!
///make sure to double tap those nails

I am getting dick and tired of everyone calling Jesus a zombie!


He's obviously a divine lich.


blogs.nazarene.org
 
2013-10-21 08:01:42 AM  
global.fncstatic.com

I'll tell you what IS hurting our society... constantly listening to dumbass "experts".
 
2013-10-21 08:01:48 AM  
sed 's/avoiding the hoards/avoiding the hordes/g'
 
2013-10-21 08:03:06 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Yeah, they're dead. They're... all messed up.


The local radio station when I grew up used this clip all the time...
 
2013-10-21 08:04:06 AM  
Zombies WATCH Foxnews.com
 
2013-10-21 08:05:14 AM  

Ghryswald: "As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you're dead, you're dead."

...and he's never heard of resuscitating people.


You can potentially resuscitate a person whose heart has stopped or gone into a fatal rhythm. You can't resuscitate a dead person. When you're dead, you're dead.
 
2013-10-21 08:06:30 AM  

randomjsa: My term for zombies is 'children over the age of 18'.

You know, Obama voters.


LOL, that was lame, even for you.
 
2013-10-21 08:07:42 AM  
You could say similar things about lots of stuff that we do. "Man, if we just put the same time and money that we put into college football into looking for a cure to cancer, we'd have it figured out in no time!" You'd be wrong, but on a simple level, it makes sense. We _do_ spend a lot of time and money on frivolous activities, but that is our choice and life would be pointless otherwise, IMHO.
 
2013-10-21 08:07:46 AM  
"I'm going to write an article that is intentionally unpopular just to bring attention to myself."
 
2013-10-21 08:08:24 AM  

Mugato: randomjsa: My term for zombies is 'children over the age of 18'.

You know, Obama voters.

LOL, that was lame, even for you.


He's been phoning it in lately.
 
2013-10-21 08:10:09 AM  
no fox news and brainless reporting is hurting america.
 
2013-10-21 08:10:42 AM  
I thought zombies watched Leno.
 
2013-10-21 08:13:39 AM  

Rasraf Mekerk: Ghryswald: "As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you're dead, you're dead."

...and he's never heard of resuscitating people.

You can potentially resuscitate a person whose heart has stopped or gone into a fatal rhythm. You can't resuscitate a dead person. When you're dead, you're dead.


I'm so disillusioned that the biological science behind a movie monster has been debunked. Please don't ruin the Merman for me.
 
2013-10-21 08:15:14 AM  
"Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed"

Translated into non-Teatard speak: "I don't want you to like me, just pay attention to meee!!!"
 
2013-10-21 08:15:40 AM  

mokinokaro: Thanks for the Spengler link. I don't agree with everything he says in it so far but it's a really interesting point of view on the whole zombie thing.

Helps that he's a good writer.


Welcome. Here's another link to a longer essay of this:

We have dismissed the Jewish and Christian hope of eternal life as superstition offensive to reason, but instead, we find ourselves trapped in a recurring nightmare. We know that we will die, but (as Woody Allen said) we don't want to be there when it happens. We act as if exercise, antioxidants and Botox will keep the reaper away, but we know that our flesh one day must putrefy nonetheless.The more we try to ignore death, the more it fascinates us. The more we tell ourselves that mortality doesn't apply to us, the more it surrounds us. And the more we try to fight off the fear, the more we feel like the beleaguered survivors resisting the zombie herd.
 
2013-10-21 08:17:43 AM  
Call me paranoid but isn't this exactly what a state sponsored media source would be telling us before the big Z Day, i.e. stay calm folks there's no such thing as zombies, no need to panic etc? I knew this day would come! Buy guns, barricade yourselves in and shoot any loved one coughing or acting in any other way suspiciously!
 
2013-10-21 08:22:55 AM  
Zombies are a guilt-free way we can enact our little perverse violence fantasies.  It's in the same vein as pulling the wings off of flies.  We can fantasize about mass murder with powerful weapons and be totally fine with it since it's dreaming about killing zombies.
 
2013-10-21 08:28:29 AM  
When it's reached the point that Mythbusters wastes an entire hour trying to "test" zombie myths, then yeah, zombies are hurting America.
 
2013-10-21 08:29:40 AM  
I'm sick of zombies, but I'm sicker of Fox News doing the "stuff we don't like isn't just crap, it's BAD FOR AMERICA" bit. I mean, most zombie fiction writers I wouldn't feel inclined to smack if we met. It's just no contest.
 
2013-10-21 08:30:39 AM  
CSB time!

I once read a paper that claimed that zombies were popular when Democrats were in (or about to take) power, while vampires were popular when they were out of (or about to lose) power. Zombies, the paper claimed, had come to reflect popular fear of unthinking hordes: a sign that the rhetoric of stereotypical Democrats had captured the popular imagination. Vampires, by contrast, reflect popular fear of oversexed parasites, and if that's not thinking like a stereotypical Republican, I don't know what is.

I don't know if I believe this or not, but it's an interesting theory. I'm also forced to wonder how telling it is that the zombie mythos has been evolving and innovating as of late, while the latest vampire craze was farking Twilight.
 
2013-10-21 08:31:27 AM  

geoduck42: When it's reached the point that Mythbusters wastes an entire hour trying to "test" zombie myths, then yeah, zombies are hurting America.


Testing which is a better weapon and can a horde take down the barn door were interesting.
 
2013-10-21 08:33:33 AM  

No Such Agency: jaybeezey:
Nice try, but next thing you know, Acorn would be signing them up to vote and bussing them to the polls and the Right Honorable Reverand Al Sharpton would have them classified as a protected class.

Oh have I got the show for you.  Masters of Horror episode titled "Homecoming".  Not great, but decent.  Bonus for insane, thinly-disguised not-Ann-Coulter character.


When you consider that episode aired in 2005 it's awesomely profound.
 
2013-10-21 08:33:50 AM  
OK, OK
I typed dick and tired. I get it.

Fox News reporters are dicks, so the comment is still valid.

/dick
 
2013-10-21 08:34:16 AM  

b2theory: T-Servo: FTFA: Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you're dead, you're dead.  Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to inflict violence on brown people, create imaginary crises by shutting down government, and keep women-folk in the kitchen.

FTFH

/zombies are popular because they explore the dystopian futures my generation has come to expect from pompous boomers like the author and the network he writes for

I was going to post that quote as well. I find it amuding he has to assure us that he his qualified, as a Doctor (maybe) and a scientist(no way) to rule on the biological plausibility of zombies.


"Zombie hoards?" I thought all you doctors went to college?
 
2013-10-21 08:37:54 AM  

LeGnome: "Zombie hoards?" I thought all you doctors went to college?


Subliminal messaging. Remember, zombies are supposed to reflect fear of Republicans, who are also thought to hoard things (especially money) obsessively. This guy is clearly trying to subvert that fear and turn it around to reflect Democrat, or, at least, the people that a society ruled by Democrat-like thinking ultimately produces. So he's throwing in an admonition to "not fear hoards," i.e. Republican bank accounts, while making you think it's just about movie zombies. Clever ploy, really.
 
2013-10-21 08:39:50 AM  
The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order.

Well if the party your channel you are a biatch for would end up having their way then we would likely live in some dystopian future controlled by ruling local warlords, so why not practice or have thought experiments in advance just in case?
 
2013-10-21 08:41:20 AM  
Fox New should like zombies. They hate black men just like Fox News. We all know on TWD they die quicker then a fruit fly
 
2013-10-21 08:45:22 AM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Fox New should like zombies. They hate black men just like Fox News. We all know on TWD they die quicker then a fruit fly


They've had three black men on TWD for two weeks. I believe that's a record. However next week it's two black men,a black woman and Darryl in a car. Four dog better check and see if he's wearing a red shirt.
 
2013-10-21 08:47:01 AM  
FOX News, the TV station that specializes in getting people to be in obsessive fear of imaginary bogeymen (Gay people somehow threatening your marriage by being able to get married themselves, Muslim terrorists, brown people in general, ect.) think that people being worried over something that they aren't promoting as the fear agenda is what is hurting American?

Methinks they are trying to distract us.
 
2013-10-21 08:49:26 AM  

LeGnome: "Zombie hoards?"


www.candywarehouse.com
 
2013-10-21 08:51:43 AM  
there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence.

Violence, in The Walking Dead's case, rooted entirely in fantasy given that Zombies don't actually exist. Meanwhile, the Fox network is proud to offer The Following, 24, Gang Related, Prison Break...
 
2013-10-21 08:51:46 AM  

Millennium: while the latest vampire craze was farking Twilight.


You don't need a research paper to understand the appeal of Twilight. Vampires are sexy. Teenage vampires bring in the tween girls. The fact that he's actually 100 years old and trolls high schools for tail is immaterial.
 
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