Is the recent resurgence of zombies driven by a fear of new technology? An online series produced by PBS, known as the Idea Channel, recently proposed that very concept in a new video called Why Do We Love Zombies? The weekly web series, hosted by Mike Rugnetta, examines the evolving relationship between modern technology and art.
This particular video examines the idea that technophobia could help explain the popularity of the undead in our culture and delves into concerns over biotechnology, the loss of privacy and the relentless march of technological progress:
Zombies are EVERYWHERE!! Wait, don’t panic- we mean in pop culture, not outside your window. But why is that? Bad guys and monsters seem to go through phases: one decade there’s a dozen movies about aliens, ten years later it’s vampires. And right now, it’s zombies. And monsters don’t pop up for no reason at all. There must be something that makes us fixate on one antagonist trope; some qualities they hold that echo a deeper cultural fear… So what are we afraid of now? It might just be technology. Watch the episode and find out!
Besides rehashing the idea that an unfounded fear of Communism inspired the science fiction of the 1950s, or that serial killers were the impetus for the slasher crash of the 1970s, it’s certainly an interesting idea! Is the absence of technology actually a reflection of our modern technophobia or simply an inherent part of zombie lore?
The best part of the Idea Channel is their willingness to discuss the subject! So what do you think? Please watch the video embedded below, and visit the official website or YouTube channel to leave your own comments and ideas on zombies and technology!