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‘The Walking Dead’ is to blame for our problems, apparently

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Despite what you may have heard, the real threat to America may not be illegal immigration, same-sex marriage or even Obamacare. No, it turns out that it’s Robert Kirkman & Co.

In an editorial on FoxNews.com, Dr. Manny Alvarez asks, “Is watching The Walking Dead seriously hurting American society?” Before anyone has a chance to consider the question, Fox News Channel’s senior medical contributor answers with a confident “Yes.” And with that solved, Alvarez is free to focus on other pressing concerns, like the nature of Batman and Robin’s relationship, or, y’know, the dangers of socialized medicine or something. Then again, maybe not.

“Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed,” he continues, just begging for a Rocky Horror-style audience response, “but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence. Even more specifically, zombie violence. The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order.”

Alvarez probably isn’t referring to President George H.W. Bush’s “new world order,” or even the capitalized conspiracy theory, but it’s difficult to say for sure.

In any case, the good doctor sees visions of the zombie apocalypse everywhere — in comics, in video games, in movies, in so-called “fun runs.” Heck, the undead have even infiltrated scientific studies from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There’s no escaping these lumbering, moral-fabric devouring hordes!

“Give me a break,” Alvarez writes before putting his reputation on the line with his boldest declaration to date.” As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead.”

And then he arrives at the point he’s toiled so tortuously to reach: “With this country heading towards a socialized system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies.”

Alvarez writes, having just obsessed over something as stupid as zombies …

(via TV Overmind)

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People will always find something in pop culture to put their blames upon. Whether it’s video games, rap music of the 90′s, zombies or robe wearing yahoos like Socrates…there is always someone for the Conservatives to aim their societal frustrations at.

Personally, I’m not interested in the zombie trend at all, but I certainly don’t begrudge anyone for purchasing a few comics or going to see a movie or two about them.

Perhaps the good doctor should talk about whether there’s an actual desensitizing of children to violence — not zombies, per se — that results from an accumulation of real-world factors, experiences, and observations…

What a weenie. I say send him to clown school.

RegularSyzed Mike

October 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I hope they continue their fight for traditional decomposition. Zombification is an affront to what makes this country great and not what our forefathers had in mind when they buried witches.

But seriously I’d rather have these guys spinning their wheels on “kids these days” articles like this instead of derailing public discourse and general politics. Maybe pop culture groups should organize to take turns being scapegoats to distract these fools.

So, zombie apocalypses are stupid because we should be focusing on the impending Red Dawn apocalypse?

For a more intelligent and informed take on what a cultural fascination with zombies might mean, have a look at Douglas Rushkoff’s ‘Present Shock.’ Which is worth reading for plenty of other insights, as well.

And here I thought it was Rock ‘n’ Roll music that are making the kids all crazy these days.

This is why i hate americans

Having read the whole article on Fox News website, it reads like a form letter for pop culture outrage. Just take any fad from the last 60 years and insert it instead of the words “zombie” or “The Walking Dead”.
As a side note, the link to the article “Do You POOP Enough?” that appears next to it seems surprisingly appropriate.

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