Zombies and the Moral Justification of Disease Elimination

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Zombies and the Moral Justification of Disease Elimination

Baker, Sarah. The Walking Dead and Gothic Excess: The Decaying Social Structures of Contagion. M/C Journal. 17. 4. (2014). 1-9. Print.

 

The article approaches its argument through an analysis of post apocalyptic the Walking Dead TV drama series. According to the author, contemporary gothic in the use of zombies highlights on how the diseases push the dynamics of family, friendship, and citizenship. The cultural effects of zombies are unprecedented and intensify survival anxieties amongst survivors. This necessitated feel for survival is what the author views as harmful to human existence. As zombies push individuals to forced life and death confrontations, the moral fabric is stretched beyond its limits. The fear of not having freedom, being enslaved by the disease and having the society destroyed negates the soul-filled joys of everyday life replacing it with post apocalyptic wars for food, shelter, affection, and overall existence. In essence, individualism is the core implication of Zombification to the human society.

The article takes a different analytical approach when compared to other post apocalyptic literatures. For one, the author employs a review of the Walking Dead to base her arguments while other writers employ biological studies. The other divergence is that the author is focused more on the moral or social implications of zombies. The differences are what make the article a useful source because it gives the research a divergent perspective in its analysis. Downsides of the article are that its use of popular film puts its information as unreliable. The film in its structure is fictional thus may contain suppressed or magnified information that may be otherwise inaccurate for the study to employ. The document will provide a social angle in the research as it depicts how post apocalyptic survivors stretch their moral values in order to survive. The integration of social factors is a novel chain of thought when compared to the research objectives.

 

Behuniak, S.M. “The Living Dead? The Construction of People with Alzheimer’s Disease as Zombies.” Ageing and Society. 31.1 (2011): 70-92. Print.

 

The article narrates on the need for specialized Alzheimer treatments in order to reduce the levels of moral stigmatization that patients undergo. According to the author, patients of the disease experience the same types of stigma as seen in zombies. In general, there is dehumanization of AD patients based on fears of terror and disgust. The author continues to argue that as much as the stigmatization is because of poor information sharing on the disease, the injustice is also due to the social construction of the disease with AD people being perceived as zombies. To base the argument, the article analyzes seven ways in which zombie metaphors are applied in common and scholarly literature, specifically on AD discourse. It is only through evaluating the common referencing that the society can cancel its political revulsion, marginalization, and fear of AD patients.

The author follows popular argument on Zombification where horror is derived from dehumanization processes as opposed to death and destruction in science. Past studies reveal that large numbers of AD patients die because of emotional suppression and lack of judgment opportunities outside the hospital. The same is seen in zombies, where family and friends neglect infected persons. Stereotyping and stigmatization are central to zombie literatures. In the same way, the types of discrimination are present in certain diseases such as AD and dementia necessitating more effective disease elimination methods. While employing health care statistics to base main argument, the article also integrates social data making it a useful source of information for the research. In its structure, the document highlights on the inter-connectedness of science and the society. The research can employ the article to further its call for disease elimination as a counter move towards zombies.

 

Lauro, S.J, and K Embry. “A Zombie Manifesto: the Nonhuman Condition in the Era of Advanced Capitalism.” Boundary 2. 35.1 (2008): 85-108. Print.

 

The author’s of the article argue that zombies have created avenues for capitalism as scientists and the wealthy employ science to develop novel ways for economic benefit that are extremely immoral and hazardous on human existence. Zombies are modern scientific concepts that are found in video games, films, and books meaning that they are highly accessible to the public. Through the sources, the public develop subverted and dormant consciousness. In the argued sense of mind, corporate firms manipulate the concept into cultural currency. This promotes social discrimination and violence. In addition, the business approaches act against social justice while equally encouraging irresponsible science. There is the assertion that there is a thin line between post humanism and capitalism. Under this theoretical perception, moral boundaries are easily infringed and ignored in order to further individualistic commercial desires.

Popular zombie literatures depict the cause of disease outbreaks to either mad scientists or mad billionaires who aim to benefit from either selling the cure or exterminating the large population for economic gains. The article follows the same chain of thought by attributing the non-human condition to acts of advanced capitalism. The document is unbiased because of its integration of economic statistics and common film. There are many opinions in which the authors derive their main argument making the article useful in the research. The article fits in the study through its introduction of the economic angle towards the need for disease elimination. The document can highlight how commercial desires promote immorality through mad science. The importance of the article is in its teaching that disease elimination does not only employ science, but also necessitates political, economic, and social participation.

 

Linnemann, T, T Wall, and E Green. “The Walking Dead and Killing State: Zombification and the Normalization of Police Violence.” Theoretical Criminology. 18.4 (2014): 506-527. Print.

 

The article narrates on how zombies are a consequence of irresponsible journalism while equally highlighting on the moral implications. According to the authors, cannibals and zombies should all be publicly dismissed as fictional. The two cases in reality are forms of cognitive and emotional faults in patients, but because of poor journalism, the society has developed adverse cultural practices such as police violence and mass killing. In 2012, the police shot dead Rudy Eugene; a Haitian caught eating the face of another man while he slept. The media corrupted the story through use of captions such as ‘the zombie apocalypse’. Later examination of Eugene highlighted that he suffered from adverse dementia that promoted his cannibalism. The defect could be cured through isolative treatments. Pre and post the coronary review, the Miami public had already condoned state violence, capitalism, and punitive disposability as logics of security.

Social injustice as seen in the acceptance of state violence in the case of Eugene is a new approach that the authors use to argue on the immoral implications of poor journalistic ‘zombie’ coverage. A difference in the article is that it bases its entire argument on social science. Criticizing modern journalism in its opportunism and sensationalism also provides a new angle that the research will use in its call for disease elimination. The use of police statistics as evidences for state violence makes the content of the article reliable. The document can be applied to proof the thesis from a social perspective. In addition, it can facilitate the call for positive and responsible journalism in the research. Given the power of positive journalism, the call can act as part of the solution in disease elimination.

 

Nasiruddin, Melissa, and Monique Halabi. Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness. CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 2013. Web. 20 July 2015. < http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/19/5/ad-1905_article>

 

The article explores the ways in which zombies are applied in modern discourse in order to increase the public health awareness using popular culture mixed with scientific explanations. Genetic scientists in the laboratory environment add genes to genes causing mutation after mutation in both plant and animal organisms unaware that the RNA changes could be destructive to future societies. Curiosity in the human society has long been driven by the fear of the unknown as seen in the case of zombies. With scientists and film creators struggling everyday to create new ways of representing zombies, they should equally develop novel ways of mitigating them. The same tools and avenues used to create zombies are the ones to be used to create public health awareness. In meaning, scholarly discourse and the general pop culture represent the best ways to elevate public health awareness on diseases familiar with zombie-like symptoms.

The authors do not diverge from common approaches in the integration of film to derive their argument. In addition, the article relates zombie outbreaks to uncontrolled human curiosity specifically in the lab environment. The document also calls for responsible journalism in the reduction of public health misinformation. The term ‘zombie’ according to the authors is relative as it covers social, political, and economic threats to human existences that crop from irresponsible science. The preservation of humanity is of utmost importance and more people will benefit from the efforts of eliminating the zombies. The article fails in its lack of statistical data putting its content as biased. Irrespective, it is important for its championing of journalistic professionalism as a method of eliminating diseases. The term ‘disease’ is also relative in the research.

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Baker, Sarah. The Walking Dead and Gothic Excess: The Decaying Social Structures of Contagion. M/C Journal. 17. 4. (2014). 1-9. Print.

Behuniak, S.M. “The Living Dead? The Construction of People with Alzheimer’s Disease as Zombies.” Ageing and Society. 31.1 (2011): 70-92. Print.

Lauro, S.J, and K Embry. “A Zombie Manifesto: the Nonhuman Condition in the Era of Advanced Capitalism.” Boundary 2. 35.1 (2008): 85-108. Print.

Linnemann, T, T Wall, and E Green. “The Walking Dead and Killing State: Zombification and the Normalization of Police Violence.” Theoretical Criminology. 18.4 (2014): 506-527. Print.

Nasiruddin, Melissa, and Monique Halabi. Zombies—A Pop Culture Resource for Public Health Awareness. CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 2013. Web. 20 July 2015. < http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/19/5/ad-1905_article>

 

 

 

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