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Zombies, Ghetto and Human Goodness


The Walking Dead explores human nature and, like almost all other zombie narratives, it too suggests a simple reality: take away the blessings of civilization and people turn bad.  Even the good people do terrible things--zombie stories then ask the question, "Are they still good?" There's quite a bit of...

Zombies and Progress


The above quote is attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I don't think it's true. For one thing, I don't think it is necessarily the most dangerous phrase -- others are more dangerous. For instance, "because we've always done it this way, let's try something else" would be more dangerous...

Zombies: Half Human


Luigi Giussani (The Religious Sense 40-44) says that human beings are composed of two realities.  The first reality he is the measurable and the second is immeasurable. Zombies are a picture of humanity, bereft of the this second reality. The material world has the qualities of height and depth and weight and temperature--these are all...

It’s easy to be good when you live in the suburbs.


I'm a pretty good guy.  At least this is how I think of myself.  I don't steal and am generally honest.  If someone needs help, I will help them. I'm not as good as some of my neigbours, but I'm certainly better than others.  Also to my credit, I confess to...

Objectification of the Object


At the hands of the zombies, all living human beings are objectified--they are objects of the unquenchable hunger for living flesh. Interestingly, zombie narratives are also very much about the objectification of the object.   Perhaps nothing, but is there anything wrong with questioning the default settings of our cultural minds?...

The Human Monster


In almost every zombie narrative, the boundaries between the human and the monster is blurred.  One of the most significant of these boundaries is between the monsters and the monstrous behavior of the living. The zombies certainly represent a serious external menace, but they cease to be much of a danger once the...

Zombies: Are/Our Consumer Culture


That the zombie is a reflections of modern man is apparent in Romero’s second installment of his zombie narratives, Dawn of the Dead (1978) where he “offers us a glimpse of a universe in which all spiritual values have been replaced by our awareness of the material realities of the...

People Without Stories


To be human, is to tell stories. Not only do we tell stories, we also live them. We know who we are because of our lived stories. Narrative identity is a person’s internal and developing life story.  We construct a past and inegrate it with an imagined future in order to give our life some degree...