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A Nation of Zombies

Are you one of them?
Aeryn Davies, Ravanna

I arrive home from work, drained and empty. Too tired for human interaction, I press the buttons on the remote and stare blankly into the big TV box. It’s not long before the commercials and endless parade of product placements overwhelm my defenses and penetrate my mind. Every detail of every message is meticulously calculated, designed to be repetitive and hypnotic, played over and over until the mindfuck finally kicks. In. My head is now filled with fatuous desire. Fast forward. Like a junkie on a comedown, I stumble into the sterile mall corridors as if in some kind of trance. The motley group of shoppers surrounding me, all the same – glazed eyes, blank stares, faces twisted into ugly masks of want. We are an army of zombies. Instead of brains and human flesh, we devour strategically placed merchandise and affordably priced products manufactured in China. I quickly drain my plastic cards and my soul, returning home with my bounty of shopping bags. All filled with mass produced garbage, quickly tossed onto a pile of all the other trash I’ve accumulated. Tomorrow I will wake up, have my coffee and leave the comfort and security of my home for work. I will spend another long and tedious day in the indentured monotony that masquerades as a job. When it’s over, I will again return home and rest in front of the big TV box and wait for the radiating commercials, like little particles penetrating what is left of my mind. And every night I tell myself, “maybe one of these days, I’ll pull the plug.”

–Malcolm Klimowicz

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Anonymous

Jeez, if you dont like TV dont watch it. If you dont like your job find one you do like (or concentrate on what is good about your current one). Dont blame "society" or "corporations" - you are 100% responsible for what you do with your life everyday. I would suggest getting out of US and trying living overseas for a few years - it will greatly broaden your perspective.

Anonymous

Jeez, if you dont like TV dont watch it. If you dont like your job find one you do like (or concentrate on what is good about your current one). Dont blame "society" or "corporations" - you are 100% responsible for what you do with your life everyday. I would suggest getting out of US and trying living overseas for a few years - it will greatly broaden your perspective.

big dummy

maybe if you actually had some sort of skills that contributed jackshit to society you'd be able to have a real job where you do shit besides pretending to actually be doing something important.

i always find it particularly sad when stupid and lazy people become restless, because they're still too stupid and lazy to do anything to alter their circumstances. they're just pathetically morose about the same things they used to cherish. resign yourself now to what you have because i promise you, the "white collar zombies" will NOT be the ones changing society... however much you fantasize life is like fight club.

big dummy

maybe if you actually had some sort of skills that contributed jackshit to society you'd be able to have a real job where you do shit besides pretending to actually be doing something important.

i always find it particularly sad when stupid and lazy people become restless, because they're still too stupid and lazy to do anything to alter their circumstances. they're just pathetically morose about the same things they used to cherish. resign yourself now to what you have because i promise you, the "white collar zombies" will NOT be the ones changing society... however much you fantasize life is like fight club.

Anonymous

Well written. Unfortunately it is obvious that the majority of the posters here are zombie drones, they just don't know it.....as evidenced by their comments to "get over it," "get rid of the tv," etc. Which is exactly the problem. They think it's ok that advertising and the desire to consume is ok. Shame.

Anonymous

Well written. Unfortunately it is obvious that the majority of the posters here are zombie drones, they just don't know it.....as evidenced by their comments to "get over it," "get rid of the tv," etc. Which is exactly the problem. They think it's ok that advertising and the desire to consume is ok. Shame.

Anony1mous

Sounds like the main character is suffering from depression. Also sounds like the artist is a stereotypical art-fag. Don't call out a bunch of shit about stereotypes, because they'll get you in the ballpark.

Anony1mous

Sounds like the main character is suffering from depression. Also sounds like the artist is a stereotypical art-fag. Don't call out a bunch of shit about stereotypes, because they'll get you in the ballpark.

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