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“There is no right or wrong”. Despite this being a quote from a media production, I believe that is still applies to what we as a society are coddled into accepting as normal. Ambiguity is what opens the door to the spread of moral depravity. What’s most troubling is that what was once considered moral depravity is what is considered normal and modern.
Krista said that zombies are essentially bodies without souls. We relate to this thought most strongly when we feel that the lives we lead are less conducive to being expressive individuals and more about going through the motions. While I understand and appreciate the logic behind the appeal of watching shows or reading books about monsters such as zombies and vampires, I think it is our cultural preoccupation with these topics that is creating zombies. People are watching lives unfold on a screen after coming home from work instead of going out and living their own lives.
The interview touched briefly on reality television. Entertaining at times, disgustingly scripted and pandered at others, it draws the focus outward on storylines that have nothing to do with the average person. There is a great parody of Snooki on a segment of Saturday Night Live. Snooki (or rather a portly man with a spray tan and bad wig squeezed into a cheetah-print dress holding a red party cup) delivers this little jem: “I’m like a basketball – I’m orange, leathery, and get passed around by sweaty guys”. Watching reality television ‘stars’ make bowel movements into refrigerators is not normal; it’s stupidity.
The escapist attitude that permeates or culture is what is most disconcerting. All of these shows about darkness are a great escape; however, people escape into darkness. Art imitating our poor little dark lives makes it too easy to become passive. Life has always been tough – labeling it as dark implies that we need to escape to some sort of light. Every day we get up and are able to breathe and have a meal is light. Routine and constancy do not make us zombies; they make us normal. Perhaps then it’s the adventurers and travelers and thrill seekers and celebrities are the real monsters, not us. Until we wake up enough to make a change or start a movement, living vicariously through Sooki Stackhouse is the only means of after-work adventure we are going to have.