I listened to the December 4th broadcast of On Being. The topic was: the monsters we love, dealing with the popularity of monster stories in media today, particularly television. I found this broadcast to be very interesting as I watch many of the shows that were discussed. The main points of discussion were the moral implications in monster stories. I have heard it said that you can tell what a culture fears from the kinds of monsters it creates in its stories, vampires were born out of fear of rich foreigners coming to Western Europe to steal land and women from its citizens, and Godzilla was born out of post-world war two Japan’s fear of nuclear weapons. One of the points brought up in the broadcast was how popular zombie stories have become. This led me to think, “What does it say about our culture that zombies are our monster of choice?” It could stem from a fear of increased homogenization amongst people due to the effects of mass media. I would be interested to know what others think.
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