Section I: Zombie Politics and the Culture of Cruelty
Zombie Politics and the Culture of Cruelty Section I Monsters of disaster are special kinds of divine warning. They are harbingers of things we do not want to face, of catastrophes, and we fear they will bring such events upon us by coming to us.1 —Jane Anna Gordon and Lewis R. Gordon At present Americans are fascinated by a particular kind of monstrosity, by vampires and zombies condemned to live an eternity by feeding off the souls of the living. The preoccupation with such parasitic relations speaks uncannily to the threat most Americans perceive from the shameless blood lust of contemporary captains of industry, which Matt Taibbi, a writer for Rolling Stone, has aptly described as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”2 Media culture, as the enormous popularity of the Twilight fran- chise and HBO’s True Blood reveals, is nonetheless enchanted by this seductive force of such omnipotent beings. More frightening, however, than the danger posed by these creatures is the com ing revolution enacted by the hordes of the unthinking, caught in the spell of voodoo economics and compelled to acts of obscene violence and mayhem. They are the living dead, or what I have labeled in the introduction as the hyper-dead, whose contagion threatens the very life force of the nation. Zombie Politics and Other Late Modern Monstrosities in the Age of Disposability Chapter 1 34 Section I | Zombie Politics and the...
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