In my English class here at Lenoir-Rhyne we read Chuck Klosterman’s, “My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead.” This article is what really inspired me to write this because of how it compares what the average human thinks about zombies, bloodthirsty and eating people alive, and the actual zombies that exist in the world we live in. You now if you’ve watched the popular television show The Walking Dead all you see is zombies wanting to rip people apart and as easy to kill. Although this is very entertaining for people to watch, why do they find it so interesting? One of the reasons that zombie television shows are so popular is because we have to fight zombies every day in our own lives. Chuck Klosterman in “My Zombie, Myself” describes modern day zombies as, “the Internet and the media and every conversation we don’t want to have.” This is really true in the world today because of all of the problems that social media and the internet has caused. All we have to do to solve these problems is to eliminate the zombies, or in other words delete what is directly in front of your face.
The bibliography that follows consists of the article written by Klosterman, and two other articles that look at zombies in the world today. One examines zombies in the workplace, how to identify them and possibly how to deal with these zombies at work. The other article looks at how the Haitians and Tanzanian cultures look at zombies and why these cultures look at zombies differently. Together these three articles look at how zombies exist in today’s world and how they create problems for humans. These articles differ by discussing the different types of zombies in today’s world. While one focuses on the zombies of the net, the other focuses on the zombies that are in the workplace.
Although I cannot see myself writing an essay of my own about zombies in the future, I have learned a great deal reading about these modern day zombies. After examining these articles, the way I think of zombies will never be the same because I learned that zombies are not just something imaginary in movies and television but can actually exist in the work place and online. These zombies may not be as scary as in movies but they can still hurt you in a numerous amount of methods.
Andersen, Erika. “Zombies At Work! How To Protect Yourself.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 19 July 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
In Erika Andersen’s “Zombies At Work! How To Protect Yourself” she identifies what work zombies are and how to identify or kill a work zombie when you see one. Andersen describes work zombies as, “People who aren’t doing their jobs and need to be fired, I’m talking about colleagues who are actively trying to (metaphorically) kill you and eat your still-beating heart.” She also says people who want to see others fail at work are considered a work zombie. Andersen describes herself as, “A very hopeful person but the fact that there are folks who really want to see others fail- that was tough me for me to get my head around.”
Andersen goes on to describe two ways on how a person can recognize corporate zombies and avoid their “deadly bite.” That person who makes your life more difficult with the excuse that he or she is trying to help you is the first way that Andersen describes a corporate zombie. She then goes back and looks on her own life and explains one way this happened to her by a former employee. Long story short she told one of her colleagues that she was going to give some tough feedback to one of her employees and she only told her colleague because it would affect her area and she said not to tell that employee. Then her colleague goes straight to that employee and tells her, which basically broke the trust between Andersen and that employee. Another way Andersen says you can recognize a work zombie is when you know someone is a work zombie and you walk with that person into a group of people and the group stops talking. Andersen states that work zombies are more dangerous in packs, so don’t let that one zombie let other people make an impression on you. She says be yourself and consistently be supportive of your colleagues.
Something else about work zombies that Andersen says is that they are dead. If someone at work is committed to your failure, then don’t waste your time with them because they will not change, just move on. Work zombies are a fairly rare breed, most people are just people, but there are a slight few who want to see you fail.
Coates, Hannah. “The Culturally Different Undead | Lecture on the Anthropology of Zombies Reviews Different Cultures Walking Dead.” The Commonwealth Times. The Commonwealth Times, 10 Oct. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.
Hannah Coates’ online article “The Culturally Different Undead” follows the studies of Amy Nichols-Belo of Randolph Macon College’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Some of Nichols-Belo’s studies consist of how differently the American culture thinks of zombies compared to the Haitian and Tanzanian cultures think of them. Coates states, “In American culture, zombies are entertaining and scary, but for Haitians and Africans the fear of zombification goes deeper than simply being turned.” In Nichols-Belo’s studies one of the reasons for so much fear of zombies by the Haitian and African culture is because both of these cultures have suffered immensely by the hands of slavery, so capture of their people again causes their fear.
Unlike the Haitians and Africans the American culture has not experienced slavery to their own, but they still fear zombies. Nichols-Belo’s studies shows that the American culture fears terrorism and after 9/11 that fear escalated. The American culture fears terrorism because seeing familiar cities crumble and falter, and terrorism is the closest apocalyptic catastrophe that Americans have had to face.
Klosterman, Chuck. “My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 4 Dec. 2010. Web. 14 Nov. 2015.
In Chuck Klosterman’s article “My Zombie, Myself” he examines why people are so interested in zombies and how we can compare zombies to everyday life. In the article Klosterman describes zombies as “wordless and oozing and braindead, but they’re an ever-expanding market with no glass ceiling.” Klosterman says we are so interested in zombies because of how much people can relate to them. Not just as a fear but a lot of modern life is exactly like slaughtering zombies. Klosterman compares the modern zombie to the net, the media and every conversation we don’t want to have, saying “It comes at us endlessly, and-if we surrender-we will be overtaken and absorbed.”
Klosterman’s writings also tell that these modern day “zombies” come at us every day in life and they never stop, just like in the popular television show The Walking Dead. The zombies never stop coming at them and they have to fight every day to keep from being consumed, just like in the world today to keep from being consumed by technology and social media.