I'm 21, and it may just be my generation, but I have noticed that there is a large emphasis on zombies in the imagination of men/boys.

I heard a friend suggest that they are the new aliens.
But in either case I don't understand what the attraction/fascination is.
Especially when they 'zombify' poster girls to make her look she has been decaying for a few years; makes me ill.

I also have some acquaintances who have a 'zombie survival plan' down to the last detail prepared.

Why do people invest so much energy into such a peculiar idea?
What is the attraction?
I'm mystified; if someone could provide some answers beyond "they are cool" I would greatly appreciate it.

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It's kind of like asking, Which is better, the top one, or the bottom one?


That's a question without an answer. Just like, Why would the Bowles' buy all those dishes? http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/collections/bowles-collection...

I've read the exhibition guide. They don't have an answer.

Why are millions of people obsessing about zombies instead of 18th century porcelain? That's like asking, Why did the powers-that-be build the bottom building in the 1920s but the top one in the 1990s?

We can try to piece out the zeitgeist, but we're not going to get far. One theory I've read is that we're obsessed with brains and the border between life and death (as opposed to blood or brawn or other worlds - the obsessions related to past villains).

[Guess who's upset the Navy is making it super-hard to visit the museum this weekend?]

So its a recreational vent for social insecurities? And one that is simple so a guaranteed win?
So would you say they are necessary in that instance?

So this fear is in many Americans?
How did it get there?

I can't talk about it.  Just watch the damn movie.

Wow. That is an epic quote.

So this fear is in many Americans?
How did it get there?


My fear of zombies started with the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead. A movie so horrifyingly frightening when I saw it as a kid that to this day I still can't watch it. Interestingly enough though, the 2004 remake is a favorite movie of mine. Along with Shaun of the Dead and 28 Weeks Later. But I believe the mainstream fascination with zombies started with Night of the Living Dead (1968). A classic and terrifying movie in its own right. 

That's the standard line about a lot of tragic art.

Maybe they've got fighter jets zooming around them, wrecking their concentration.


That excuse won't work too well with you, will it?

[still trying hard not to hate the Navy]

Metaphorical dissertation simultaneously portraying, exploring, and dissecting the modern American fears of facing an enemy comprised of unthinking, unyielding hordes with a single hive minded focus and intent to both feed off us, and destroy us; and our inability to either stop, slow down, dismiss, or even speak of our enemy without raising the level of fear in which we find ourselves; thus decreasing our own safety and increasing our insecurities.

It's election day? 

lol. yes, the similarities are uncanny.

Its not so much this why this instead of that, but seeking reasons behind why it is zombies. I'm sure that 18th century porcelain had a historical background that caused it to become attarcive and popular, if in fact it was (as I do not know). Subsequently, I am wondering what brought about zombies to capture the imagination of many males in society. Has society some how engineered us towards it through media or fiction? Whay about them made them popular?

Thus the follow-up questions about why the same city built 2 very different buildings 80 years apart. People say the "sleeker" design of the deYoung has to do with a minimalism brought about from disillusionment after Vietnam. But why after Vietnam? Why didn't the Great War cause disillusionment for a sleek Legion of Honor?

Or, take aspects of the buildings: Why a symphonic organ in the 1930s but an observation deck in the 2000s? Not in contrast to each other, but what made them cool in their day? Historians talk about greater amounts of leisure time in the early 20th centuries, maybe more "consumption" of foreign composers. [My understanding is that kind of pipe organ was a kind of zombies of its day - wildly popular for a decade, then gone]

We're beginning to talk about certain books and reports that started the environmental movement. Thus using bunch of museum real estate to display the city, the park, and a tiny bit of the Bay, not the art.

There's no great answers to these questions. The best you can get is this kind of mass pop psychology.


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