Zombies, Pop Culture, and Media: Oh My, Indeed…

Find me one person who dislikes old television shows.

What’s not to love about the programs of the “good ole days” in their ever-improving technicolor and animation, their values and morals, clean humor, and their overall classic charm and appeal?

(In case you were wondering, my overdue absence may be blamed on lack of inspiration, travels, and college. Dramatic emphasis on the last one.)

One day, my history professor, Dr. Cheryl White, paused in the middle of a lecture about the Hundred Years War and said something so astounding that resonated with me the rest of the day: “Popular culture is a reflection of what is soon to come.”

“What? What what? Seriously?

“Yes, seriously.”

We demanded an example.

She rattled off old 60’s shows that everyone has seen, or at least heard of, like The Jetsons (1962) and Star Trek (1966), and I can add Dr. Who (1963) to that list. What do they have in common? Futuristic shows that project a fantastical world of bizarre and wonderful technology and advances. What happened only a few years after these shows premiered? NASA sent the first men to the moon in 1969. Plus, all the featured gadgets we loved and envied as children are now accessible to everyone! Have you seen those Samsung watches??

Class was dismissed and the pop culture topic was forgotten until she mentioned her intrigue of zombie culture the next day.

She brought up all sorts of media that features zombies, from The Walking Dead to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Left 4 Dead. She pointed out common elements found in most of these works: the undead; war/combat; hopelessness; and a desolate, apocalyptic landscape.

“So, what’s your point, Dr. White?”

She went back to the 1960s, an age filled with hope and determination for a bright, shimmering future of robots and medicine and big ideas. The 60’s was a time of possibility where everyone valued education and opportunity as doorways into the future seen on television. Look where we are today because of that mindset fifty years ago!

And now let’s return to current pop culture and some of its common genres:

  • Apocalypse (War of the Worlds film, 2005; The Road novel, 2006; I Am Legend film, 2007; Revolution tv series, 2012-).
  • Dystopia (Hunger Games trilogy, 2008; Divergent trilogy, 2011; Elysium, 2013).
  • Zombies (Shaun of the Dead, 2004; Warm Bodies novel, 2011; World War Z film, 2013;).
  • Vampires (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel, 2012; Hotel Transylvania, 2012; Dracula television series, 2013;).
  • Werewolves (Underworld film series, 2003-; Van Helsing, 2004; Red Riding Hood, 2011).

These are the current media fixations, and if the theory is true, where does that put us ten years from now?
Five years from now?
Maybe even three?

Will our obsession with death and despair bring on supernatural creatures and widespread disaster? Maybe not. But when realistic portrayals of death and decay continuously ravage our minds, a unified mindset of pessimism and dread is born.

And what sort of future will arise from this? Fifty years from now, when our grandchildren look back, what will they say of us? I guess there’s only one way to find out.



Big thanks to Dr. Cheryl White, who always has incredible insight and ideas and often shares them with us! I’m not trying to steal anything of hers, but she demands that you open your mind and think in her class. If you’re in the northwestern Louisiana area, I strongly recommend taking one of her courses, attending her seminars, or purchasing her books!


10 How Tos On Moving To New York City

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I moved to New York for myself. Not for anyone else. A certain someone does live here, and I admit that was a draw. But I knew I wanted to be in a place that was different. A place that was tough and loud and big and proud. That’s New York City.

The things I’ve learned so far aren’t ground-breaking, life- altering lessons. They are simple yet profound, expected but necessary. Lessons that are essential for someone who was raised in the suburbs and went to a college that was also a botanical garden. I came here to struggle, and struggle I have. And I’m loving every minute of it. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned to do, and things you may also want to know how to do, just in case you find yourself in a similar situation.

1. How to sleep on a mattress in the sweltering…

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A Quick Note

To my dear readers, 

I apologize for not posting any content for this past week. Jet lag was quite the female dog, and on top of that, there’s an epidemic of stomach viruses in my region, and I was one of the lucky pioneers. Bleh. 

I’m back to normal now, so we’ll be right on schedule for Monday! And I’ll try to come up with a “This Month in Music” post today! 

Until then!

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries


If you like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, you’ll love The Lizzie Bennet Diaries! The LBD is a modern interpretation of Austen’s classic told through video blogs. Lizzie opens up to her camera for a grad school project with the help of her best friend, Charlotte Lu, with occasional interruptions from sisters Jane and Lydia as she relates her day-to-day life with costume theater, personal bias, and loads of humor. The production is the brain child of Hank Green and Bernie Su has proved to be a huge hit with viewers. The series recently drew to a close with its 100th episode. Basically, you’ll laugh and cry and nod all over again with your favorite classic characters!

So You Want To Be A Writer? That’s Mistake #1

A lesson that I definitely need to learn.

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There are two types of writers, Schopenhauer once observed, those who write because they have something they have to say and those who write for the sake of writing.

If you’re young and you think you want to be a writer, chances are you are already in the second camp. And all the advice you’ll get from other people about writing only compounds this terrible impulse.

Write all the time, they’ll tell you. Write for your college newspaper. Get an MFA. Go to writer’s groups. Send query letters to agents.

What do they never say? Go do interesting things.

I was lucky enough to actually get this advice. Combine this with the fact that I was too self-conscious to tell people that I wanted to be a writer, I became one in secret.

I’m not saying I’m great at it or anything, but I am a bestselling author at 26

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104 Ways To Break The Ice

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So I’m out at a bar with a friend and he tells me there’s a girl across the room that he thinks maybe made eye contact twice or might have been three times but it’s possible she was looking at someone else or something on the bar and you never really know in these situations so maybe he’ll just stay here, he says, leave her alone, since she’s probably having a nice night and he doesn’t want to ruin that and he doesn’t have anything to say anyway.

You don’t have anything to say?

See, I’ve always held the opinion that it doesn’t matter what you say, as long as you say something. The whole 99% of life is showing up thing which is I know is corny but which I also know is true. I mean, nobody in a bar, or the world in general, thinks you’re actually interested…

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