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The Zombie Apocalypse: A Satire

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 Sophie Magdalena

In the spirit of the Halloween season, today, we will be discussing zombies, and on a more broad spectrum the zombie apocalypse. In recent years the idea of the zombie apocalypse has really taken off with movies, video games, television, art, literature, and other various types of media. The post-apocalyptic craze is lurched forward by films like Zombieland28 Days Later, and Dawn of the Dead, as well as TV shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead. And with the people screaming for more, it is not likely that we will see any break from these roving hoards of undead flesh eaters. 

What exactly is it that defines a zombie? The answer should be obvious; they are the corpses of the dead that, for whatever reason, have reanimated to feast on the living. In most cases the zombie is portrayed as a mindless, disheveled, humanesque being that goes about its ‘life’ bumping into objects left behind in the environment as it ravenously seeks out its next meal. Depending on where you have seen your zombies, their movements, speed, abilities, and appearance may differ, but one thing is for sure, they lust after the flesh of the living, and in some instances brains. 

Shambling forward, we will examine the zombie apocalypse. Something I am sure most everyone has heard about in some way.  So here we go, the zombie apocalypse, the collapse of modern civilization as we know it. The zombie apocalypse is usually started with an outbreak/infection that rapidly spreads throughout the population. As the living fall to the undead, the military is usually overwhelmed and eventually overrun leaving cities lifeless, ruined, the streets jammed with cars, buses, and military vehicles alike. We can imagine that martial law and perhaps even massive military strikes in large urban areas in attempts to contain the outbreak and quarantine the infected, as well as the undead. The remaining survivors doing whatever is necessary to endure, persist, and carry on.

As you can imagine, there is a reason I am reviewing this, and as some of you may be thinking, stating the obvious, and that reason is simply this…. The zombie apocalypse, maybe already upon us, not in the conventional sense, of course, but metaphorically. 

Think about it, a good chunk of us have the ‘pleasure’ of driving to and from work in rush hour traffic. And I am sure you have noticed how people drive, who hasn’t? It is almost as if some of our fellow commuters are brainlessly going to work, not noticing the red light in front of them, or the car next to them when they decided to changes lanes. You know what I am talking about, you have seen it, experienced it, and were once probably a victim of an individual who was just going about their routine as if they were the only person on the road, completely oblivious to anything and anyone around them.

However, that was just one example, how about shopping. Have you ever been in a crowded mall? I already know the answer to this, of course you have! On the other hand, here is something I am not entirely sure you have taken the time to do. People watch. Just give it a few minutes and observe. Watch how some people just shamble about bumping into other individuals and other things. Are you seeing a connection here? Sometimes people will walk into closed doors, trip over benches, trash cans, and other obstacles in the environment. Perhaps you’ve seem a similar scene from The Walking Dead, the ‘walkers’ getting snagged on low lying barbed wire fences, bumping into each other, or falling over other environmental obstacles.

As technology continues to progress at an alarming rate, one can only expect to see us sink further into this zombie apocalypse. In modern society we are constantly barraged by stimuli at an astounding rate, and with the rise of social media and other related forms of media, we feed off what seems to be constant interconnectedness. We are becoming more dependent on the need for something to be happening, be it television, a radio, a text/phone conversation, Facebook, Twitter, whatever. One should focus on the world around them, when driving, when walking, having dinner with a friend, family member, significant other, etc. Perhaps it is easier said than done, so shake things up. Change up your routine, take a different way to work, travel, visit a friend you have not seen in a while, and put away the personal distractions and pay attention to the world around you! After all variety is the spice of life. Live in the moment! 

And there you have it friends, I present to you a satire on the zombie apocalypse.

On an unrelated note, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Posted below is a link to an organization, Scoobies for Boobies, which raises money to benefit 
Keep A Breast Foundation which promotes awareness through education. This group was formed by a group of caring, car loving ladies whose goal is to promote awareness and raise funds to help race for a cure. If you are unfamiliar with Scoobies for Boobies the girls are a group of Subaru enthusiasts, hence the title, Scoobies for Boobies. Scoobie, being one of many slang terms for Subaru. I will be covering an event Scoobies for Boobies is participating in within the next few weeks, the Second Annual Chili Cook Off for a Cure, hosted by Hawthorne's Backyard, located at 1200 W Hawthorne LaneWest Chicago, Ill. The event will run from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM come check it out! Additionally, Scoobies for Boobies hosts a store that sells shirts, hoodies, vinyl decals, as well as other merch.

You can visit Scoobies for Boobies on their blog, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. Or if you wish to make a donation check out the Keep A Breast Foundation.

Thanks in advance to Scoobies for Boobies, and the readers here on HalfStack!

~Kenny Muzzey~

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