Zombies haven't even attacked yet, and they're already chewing through the artery of the United States of America.
At least that's what Fox News' Dr. Manny Alvarez would have you believe. In a column published last week, Alvarez decries American society's obsession with "The Walking Dead" and the inevitable zombie apocalypse, going so far as to say the craze is pulling our focus away from "music, education, science or the classics."
The idea of a zombie-infested world inspires fantasies of monsters possessed by an uncontrollable rage to kill, and viewers get a thrill imagining what it would be like to participate in this new world order.
Give me a break. As a doctor and scientist, I know one thing for sure: When you’re dead, you’re dead. Our brains should be less focused on imaginary zombie hoards and more focused on harnessing the tools that we need in order to enhance our lives, whether it be music, education, science or the classics. Entertainment should help us soothe our brains so that we can ease our minds of some of the stress from our daily lives. ...
Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop obsessing over eating brains and focus on cultivating your own.
But are zombies really taking a toll on this great country, where we can simultaneously eat a life-sized unicorn cake filled with rainbows and read a story about a "Teen Mom" star vowing to eat her own placenta?
The facts may prove otherwise.
The zombie industry was worth more than $5 billion by 2011, NBC news reports. DVDs, Halloween costumes, video games, show merchandise, music and books account for plenty of that cash -- as well as the jobs it creates.
Meanwhile, the federal government continually uses zombies to benefit the people. Year after year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases tongue-in-cheek "zombie preparedness" alerts that really just help American citizens prepare for any disaster.
Only if a multi-billion-dollar industry and a captive American imagination are bad for society.
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