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Zombies and the Current Trend of Obsession

Every so often, a pop culture trend becomes so prevalent, it seems as though it is revealing an important key to the zeitgeist of that culture. Today, zombies are everywhere... from movies and tv to books and meetups, the undead have risen (pun intended) to heights of popularity rarely seen in our diverse cultural landscape. 

From fear of death to a metaphor for consumerism, theories abound as to why zombies have captured our imaginations in such a way. Let's explore this trend of obsession by examining the psychological, sociological, religious and even economical themes that may be keeping these creatures alive.

Some articles on the topic: 

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131025-zombie-nation
http://www.academia.edu/2076353/Locating_Zombies_in_the_Sociology_of_Popular_Culture
http://www.diamondbackonline.com/diversions/article_4b1ffefa-313f-11e3-9fac-001a4bcf6878.html

To see how and why obsessions in popular culture develop and reach their peak, check out this podcast that discusses the theme of quicksand in TV and movies in the 1950s and 60s.

 http://www.radiolab.org/story/quicksand/

What can we learn from this theme that applies to the current obsessions?

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  • Andy

    Great meeting everyone today - really enjoyed the discussion!

    September 20, 2014

  • Will B.

    I never thought Zombies had such a dedicated following!

    September 20, 2014

  • Adam

    Hey I was really looking forward to this event. I have a family gathering so I will miss you guys tomorrow.

    September 19, 2014

    • Andrea

      Have a good time, Adam! Thanks for letting us know. See you next time.

      September 20, 2014

  • Naima

    Hate to have to miss this discussion but I'm not feeling well. I do look forward to finally being able to join this group in the near future.

    September 20, 2014

    • Andrea

      Feel better, Naima! Thanks for letting us know and I hope to see you soon.

      September 20, 2014

  • Mike

    I am running late due to missing the train, but am still attending. Be there soon!

    September 20, 2014

  • Sam

    Unfortunately I won't be able to attend. Katie, I hope to see you at another event before you leave town, but if I don't, just want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you've contributed to this group, and wish you all the best in your next adventure.

    September 19, 2014

    • Katie

      You are o very sweet and kind, this really means a lot to me. I will see you Sunday :)

      1 · September 20, 2014

  • Andy

    Perfect timing for this one - I just finished three zombie novels while on a trip, so I'm primed for some discussion : ) (Dead City; Zburbia; and the third novel of the Day by Day Armageddon series - all were good, and all pretty different)

    1 · September 8, 2014

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