During Halloween of last year, several reputable news sources reported the Center for Disease Control trained US Marines and Navy special operations forces how to react in case of zombie apocalypse.
It was no joke, rather a guise to draw attention to the purpose of the CDC.
So said the CDC.
This, however, does not explain the ebb and tide of the popularity of zombies in society.
Zombies as a metaphor
At least two schools of thought exist about zombies in fiction. First, zombies are a menace easily understood because zombies only care about survival (the thrilling reason) or second, zombies reflects what society fears most (the metaphorical reason).
In the late sixties, if a zombie bit somebody, that person joined the undead, according to the vision of director George Romero, whose film “Night of the Living Dead”, who first brought zombies to the silver screen.
In the eighties, the characteristics of zombies changed and arguably represented mindless consumerism of yuppies. The fear stemmed from a national identity crisis, where the public feared becoming the same, or in other words becoming a “sellout,” a term to be popularized in the following decade.
Today, zombies generally develop from an exposure to disease or a mutant strain of vaccine. Perhaps, as those who pave the path of the future worry how the health care system will survive.
So their popularity exceeds entertainment. They serve as a punching bag for society’s woes, metaphorically speaking.
Or maybe not.
“I just like zombies,” Austen Young, another clerk at Vintage Stock said. “I think they’re just cool.”