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ERIC Number: EJ890551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Zombie Politics and Other Late Modern Monstrosities in the Age of Disposability
Giroux, Henry A.
Policy Futures in Education, v8 n1 p1-7 2010
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." Media culture, as the enormous popularity of the "Twilight" television franchise 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 coming 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, whose contagion threatens the very life force of the nation. (Contains 23 notes.)
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Language: English
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