It’s said that life imitates art. But there’s another theory that common themes in pop culture reflect the deep fears of society.
An example is that during the fifties and sixties, alien invasion movies were popular. This is thought to have been a metaphorical description of what was collectively feared most by U.S. citizens at the time.
The cold war was at it’s height, and many Americans feared a nuclear strike by the soviet union. It is easy to understand how movies about alien invaders could be a representation of this fear in the collective unconscious.
During the seventies, demon children movies were popular. This could represent the large generational differences between the baby boomers and the generation Xers, who were children at the time.
We can reverse engineer this theory today, and see what the biggest unconscious fear is by looking at what horror or science fiction movies are most popular.
Since there’s no shortage of zombie movies, TV shows and zombie TV show spin-offs, we can safely assume that a zombie apocalypse is the best metaphorical representation of our deepest fears.
What does a zombie apocalypse represent in real terms? A collapse of society, the breakdown of civil order, and a situation where nobody is safe from the roaming hoards of those seeking food.
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