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1 The Ghost of a Flea  Tue, Oct 29, 2013 11:06:12am

What I find interesting about zombies is how the Haitian folklore makes them victims…which has since been sort of tossed to the wayside. The two aspects of the Haitian zombie—involuntary servitude past death, and total elmination of the personality beyond the orders of a “master” are actually deeply evocative and creepy.

2 CriticalDragon1177  Tue, Oct 29, 2013 11:14:01am

re: #1 The Ghost of a Flea

I agree, and it could be also appealing to someone who lacked a conscious, since they would make the perfect slaves.

3 Kruk  Wed, Oct 30, 2013 1:26:27am

I have this theory that vampires represent our fear of the ruling classes of the time. (That could be the aristocracy, corporations, the 1%, whatever. It just needed to powerful, wealthy, and seemingly immortal). They are those who have far too much power over us, those we hate and fear while at the same time secretly yearning to be like.

Zombies, on the other hand, represent our fear of the underclass, or those we perceive to be our social inferiors. (The peasants, the takers/shirkers, immigrants, the 47%). They are those we think are individually none too bright, but have the advantage of sheer numbers, total amorality, and a mindless hunger to take what is ours.

So what to make of current contrasting trends towards soulful vampires (Twilight et cetera) and world ending zombies (the Walking Dead, I am Legend, World War Z) in popular culture?

Well, that, my friends, is a rebranding exercise by the 1%, aimed at splitting the alliance between the middle and working classes. It’s obvious when you think about it.

Then again, maybe not.

4 CriticalDragon1177  Wed, Oct 30, 2013 8:32:49am

re: #3 Kruk

I have a feeling you’re wrong about the origins of the vampire myth. Most people who were suspected of being vampires after they died were commoners, not nobles or members of the ruling class. Also early versions of the vampire weren’t glamorized like they are now.

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