Some people don’t get it, but in the post-Romero zombie era being a zombie can be an attractive thing. Sometimes going along with the horde is OK, and sometimes there is an empowering liberation in giving over the body and embracing the inevitability of death, decay, and necrocannibalism (… or something like that) and having a good time while doing it.
Zombies in the Academy isn’t purely about producing a negative critique of Higher Education, but rather thinking through the role of Zombies in popular culture and the use of Zombies as a means for discussing other topics, from economics to computer viruses. It is about ( I think) supporting the playfulness of the zombie metaphor as a critique. Being a monster is not always A Bad Thing – and the fear and shock associated with the undead is invigorating – that is what Halloween is about, and that is why you can choose to play as a zombie in the ‘Versus’ multiplayer game of Left4Dead2 – because messing with the humans can be a riot of a good time.
Dressing up (or down as the zombie type requires), getting your (SFX) blood and guts out and your shamble on is fun and it’s also (IMHO) at the center of motivations for participating in Zombie walks. The New Zealand charity, Brain Injury New Zealand, got it – but others didn’t – and while I can see why, I also can’t think of a better way of raising funds and awareness about Brain injury than a Zombie walk and ‘a “flash mob” zombie dance to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” down the main street’.