The Walking Dead is hurting our society - Fox News

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#1 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28198 posts) -

Apologies if this was posted elsewhere.

Is watching “The Walking Dead” seriously hurting American society?

I would argue ‘Yes.’ Hate me all you want, or call me paranoid and misinformed, but there is one common theme that is pervasive in American pop culture today: violence. Even more specifically, zombie violence. 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.

We also see this zombie obsession in many videogames. Even more disturbingly, these games create environments for young children, in which they are exposed to an imaginary world where they get to play with firearms and place themselves in dangerous situations that they find exciting. And studies have shown that these videogames can sometimes condition people, especially young children, to be apathetic towards violence. That’s why they’re labeled M for Mature.

This obsession with the undead in television and other media is quite puzzling. The concept of zombies has been around for decades, and their mythology has even been studied by scientists to prove that such an outbreak can never occur. Yet, whether it be in books or film, zombie popularity has only increased after having originally been popularized by the 1960s film, “The Night of the Living Dead.”

Now, it seems that zombies on television are part of our daily routine. The obsession also permeates into other facets of our lives, such as with so-called Zombie Runs, in which people dressed as zombies chase other “civilians” to make them run faster towards the finish line. Even scientists at the National Institutes of Health have spent time creating an apocalyptic how-to guide on dealing with a zombie outbreak.

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 hordes 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.

With this country heading towards a socialized system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies.

And in turn, you ultimately become the zombie.

Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop obsessing over eating brains, and focus on cultivating your own.

Link

Hm.

#2 Edited by MakeMeaSammitch (4103 posts) -

cons being cons

#3 Posted by thegerg (15739 posts) -

Someone has a critique of popular culture. Is this really thread worthy?

#4 Edited by xdude85 (4510 posts) -

Cry me a river.

#5 Posted by Rhazakna (11022 posts) -

That's the dumbest article I've read all year. "Zombies are bad for society because zombies aren't real, and entertainment should be soothing." This is almost Onion level, it's so stupid.

#6 Edited by sammyjenkis898 (28198 posts) -
@thegerg said:

Someone has a critique of popular culture. Is this really thread worthy?

#7 Posted by Praisedasun (444 posts) -

Stopped reading at "Fox News".

#8 Posted by BranKetra (49247 posts) -

I am sorry you read Fox News. :P

#9 Posted by ultimate-k (2348 posts) -

More like FOX news is or should I say 666 news, and other mainstream news like it.

#10 Posted by HoolaHoopMan (7858 posts) -

@thegerg said:

Someone has a critique of popular culture. Is this really thread worthy?

thegerg has an irrelevant critique of a someone else's thread. Is this really post worthy?

#11 Posted by wis3boi (31710 posts) -

Fox Noise strikes again

#12 Posted by Maverick6585 (174 posts) -

The Walking Dead, teaching children basic survival skills and exposing them to the use of weapons... Kind of like like Fox News advocates every day...

#13 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26626 posts) -

Agreed, people should spend their time watching good shows.

#14 Edited by GazaAli (23522 posts) -

tl;dr

#15 Posted by Ballroompirate (23470 posts) -

The article specially towards the end just seems like it's written by a guy or gal who just doesn't know why people like Zombies and they try to write about why they think it's stupid.

#16 Edited by wis3boi (31710 posts) -

@GazaAli said:

tl;dr

conservative murica

#17 Edited by DharmaMember77 (2377 posts) -

@SaintLeonidas said:

Agreed, people should spend their time watching good shows.

#18 Posted by 1PMrFister (3134 posts) -

With this country heading towards a socialized system of government, in which officials don’t want you to think or focus on what is important for your own personal growth, I’m sure they’re more than happy to let you obsess over something as stupid as zombies.

I agree. That's why we need to get rid of the Tea Party ASAP.

#19 Edited by CleanPlayer (9822 posts) -

Yeah, The Walking Dead is hurting society because of how bad it is as a tv show

#20 Posted by outworld222 (2467 posts) -

LOL video games and fox news. Always a winning combination.

#21 Posted by chessmaster1989 (29606 posts) -

What a clown

#22 Posted by solidruss (23795 posts) -

@Praisedasun said:

Stopped reading at "Fox News".

Indeed, Fox is nothing but nonsense

#23 Posted by angeldeb82 (1060 posts) -

@solidruss said:

@Praisedasun said:

Stopped reading at "Fox News".

Indeed, Fox is nothing but nonsense

Or, as I should put it: more like Faux News! LOL!

#24 Posted by Makhaidos (1614 posts) -

Fox News should pay more attention to things that are really hurting our society. Like Fox News.

#25 Posted by 3eyedrazorback (16373 posts) -

That's the dumbest article I've read in a long, long time. Kudos Fox, you've outdone yourself.

#26 Edited by Gaming-Planet (14077 posts) -

He's misinformed.

He mentions zombie games create an environment for children. Since when were the majority of these zombie games rated E? He says so himself... wtf? He goes on about how we should be more focused in education and whatnot, what exactly is he doing now focusing on useless studies? Near the end he sounded like a nut job and later tells us to wake up like some conspiracy theorist.

#27 Edited by Shmiity (5216 posts) -

It's called entertainment. Moving on...

#28 Posted by MrGeezer (56752 posts) -

@Shmiity said:

It's called entertainment. Moving on...

Yeah, this. It sells, so people keep making the stuff. If it wasn't zombies, it would be something else. Of course, the entertainment that we gravitate towards is a reflection of the kind of civilization that we are, so it is perfectly valid to ask, "out of all the things people could love watching, why zombies?" What is it about zombie fiction that is so compelling, and what does that say about us as a society?

The problem is, he doesn't do that. He's just all like, "it's violent and it's stupid, so it's bad!" So...f*** that guy.

#29 Edited by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -

I bet this guy spends his afternoons staring at walls thinking about how great Jesus and Austrian School Economics are before going home to his giant empty house to sleep in his double bed in the room next to the one where his wife sleeps.

#30 Edited by GreySeal9 (24910 posts) -

@HoolaHoopMan said:

@thegerg said:

Someone has a critique of popular culture. Is this really thread worthy?

thegerg has an irrelevant critique of a someone else's thread. Is this really post worthy?

lol

#31 Posted by LJS9502_basic (151888 posts) -

Opinion piece.....I don't see the newsworthiness of it.....

#32 Posted by Celldrax (14721 posts) -

Stopped reading when I saw 'violence'.

#33 Posted by DaBrainz (7711 posts) -

I watch quite a bit of FNC and have never heard of this guy.

#34 Posted by platinumking320 (667 posts) -

Caring about personal growth? I call B.S. Here's the Fox News translation:

"You geeks don't need cathartic outlets of dark TV comic and video game expression! Unhealthy! You're supposed be focusing on how socially inferior to us you are and inflating our massive sized egos while we tell you what you need and make you feel culturally miserable in the real world for all the things you like. Know your roles!..oh and uh SOCIALISM!...growl...commies etc etc."

...yeah. call me crazy, but that's what I heard.

Could've called out the The Walking Dead for being horribly inconsistent, but nooo they just haad to go for the cultural attack.

#35 Posted by mrmusicman247 (17577 posts) -

sounds like someone just hates the concept of zombies tbh

#36 Posted by DrKillByDeath84 (376 posts) -

The Walking Dead is a terrible fucking show, but it's not hurting society.

#37 Edited by airshocker (30652 posts) -

Somebody is stupid. Wow. Big news right there.

And it's Dr. Alvarez that wrote the article, not Fox News. Are we blaming news organizations for allowing their correspondents free-speech now?

#38 Posted by i_waaan (46 posts) -

A very "fox news" article. Business as usual for them...LOL. What a joke.

#39 Posted by jimkabrhel (15422 posts) -

This kind of opinion could have shown up anywhere, not just Fox News, so don't lay it on them. It's just a barrel full of opinionated BS anyway.

#40 Posted by Cynical_Buzzard (224 posts) -

Faux News needs to be shut down for that crap they report.

#41 Posted by Bigboi500 (30423 posts) -

That's Weasel News for ya.

#42 Edited by lamprey263 (24685 posts) -

Hahaha, they mentioned science proves zombies can't happen yet they promote science denial left and right, and one of the main unspoken tenants of their viewership is they believe the son of God rose from the dead to become the first zombie Jew.

Maybe they're upset guns prove more useful fighting the walking dead than overthrowing the government. Maybe they're upset the apocalypse happened while gun toting moral Christians were left behind. Maybe they're upset the biggest rednecks in the show are horrible people, especially that governor guy.

#43 Posted by sSubZerOo (43422 posts) -

I am under the opinion that the major media outlets, namely Fox, have a far more negative impact on society than a fictional tv show.

#44 Posted by comp_atkins (31728 posts) -

"With this country heading towards a socialized system of government," aaaaand he finally gets to the point of his whole article.....

#45 Edited by Solaryellow (498 posts) -

Just wait until the Zombie Apocalypse does come. The author of that article will wish he watched zombie films.

#46 Posted by GOGOGOGURT (4470 posts) -

Yes, breaking bad is better. I'm never using meth.

#47 Posted by spike6958 (4941 posts) -

LOL, this is kinda ironic because FOX is who airs The Walking Dead here in the UK.

#48 Posted by Big_Pecks (5498 posts) -

I knew TWD's ratings were good, but didn't know the entire society of the US of A was watching.

#49 Edited by HuggyBear1020 (456 posts) -

It's a form of escapism, like any other entertainment. But if any parents are letting young children watch it, well shame on them.

#50 Posted by touchscreenpad (220 posts) -

It is up to the adults (by adults I mean either their parents or legal guardians) to educate the children who watch/play such shows/games. The Walking Dead is a TV Show for entertainment and should remain so, same goes for video games, they are only for enjoyment. Just like what HuggyBear said: It's a form of escapism.