November 29, 2012

The Upcoming Zombie Apocolypse… Or Apocalypse

The first thing that pops up when searching for the term “zombie apocolypse” is a Wikipedia link that says Zombie (fictional). I found this to be incredibly interesting because in the last couple of weeks, I have had two conversations with different people about the real potential of a zombie apocalypse. Now, let me clarify that I do not believe in zombies nor do I believe that a zombie apocolypse is imminent. I do believe that zombies are purely fictional. I do, however, believe that my friends with whom I had these discussions really believe in zombies.

Apparently, my friends are not the only individuals concerned with a zombie apocolypse. The Huffington Post has an entire portion of their site dedicated to zombies. Individuals can learn how to survive a zombie attack, what one needs for a zombie apocolypse, and find the perfect presents for zombie killers. Moreover, The Huffington Post provides pictures and videos for the zombie believers and lovers. Apparently, the well-known and respected news site sees the fun in zombies.

The Centers for Disease Control has even gotten in on the zombie apocolypse madness by utilizing zombie interest to teach about emergency preparedness. They created a graphic novel to teach tools necessary for emergency preparedness, naturally during a zombie apocolypse. They also have information on the website about preparedness. It is a pretty clever and fun teaching tool.

Then there are Pinterest and Twitter and Facebook and blogs that all discuss and advise on how to survive a zombie apocolypse. Clearly, at the very least, people are interested in the potential of a zombie attack. It just seems to be all over the place. We see zombies in movies, television, and books. There are zombie games and zombie songs and just zombies, zombies, zombies. The zombie apocolypse is everywhere, pervasive in pop culture.

I am fairly positive that I would not be ready for a zombie apocolypse according to the websites out there. I am also fairly positive that a zombie apocolypse is not going to happen any time soon. But I think it is great fun to talk about and consider. I also like that the CDC is using pop culture to help teach about being prepared in the case of an emergency.

The zombie apocolypse may not be real, but the need to be prepared for an emergency no matter the case is real. If the zombie apocolypse teaches us to be more prepared, then I say it is a good thing. Bring on more zombie talk!

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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