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    Joe H March 5, 2014 10:29 pm 

    The social angle was there from the beginning. The seminal Day of the Dead features the mindless hordes drifting around a shopping mall, etc. There, Romero’s over-the-top satire was directed at a public stripped of community, self-awareness and individuality, rather than at some threat-group.
    On the fear of outsider-groups writ large: I’d say that a deeper cause is that this kind of stuff allows an outlet for the predictable feelings of threat and anger bought on by the atomisation and insecurity that people are subject to, socially and economically. These feelings are not being widely admitted to and talked out in more constructive ways; here we see them bubbling up. The Walking Dead’s world of extreme threat, uncertainty, and desperation speaks to people in a way that the general depiction of society and everyday life on TV does not. I think that also lies behind the fear of “threat-groups” itself — we all know it’s easier to whip up the more socially insecure people feel.

  2. Joe Plumber February 19, 2014 6:05 pm 

    As Mr. Chomsky says, there is a new subconscious fear in America. Before, the” aliens” represented the Russians, the immigrants, the illegal aliens. In other words, aliens represented a external threat against the American society. Nowadays, the fear comes from inside. It’s about recession, unemployment, poverty, drugs and social trouble. The Zombies represent the desperate poor, the homeless, the junkies we see on the streets.

    This phenomena started in a street protests where the zombies represented the apathetic society controlled by corporations. However, this idea was hijacked by Hollywood, and the zombies were associate with the marginalized, playing a different mind game.

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