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    Going Viral Zombies, Viruses, and the End of the World by Dahlia Schweitzer is a highly recommended interesting examination of pop culture specifically why we are obsessed with outbreak narratives and the influence this has on our culture.There is no doubt about the fact that we fear viruses Simply a mention of Ebola in the news and public panic rises Simultaneously, we are also obsessed with postapocalyptic stories, dystopian narratives, and, well, zombies Going Viral endeavors to come to an understanding about why we fear the things we do, and how our base fears are fed by film and television The outbreak narrative has become a parable for our fears, evolving to depict our horrors of contagion, of the world, of monsters, and of becoming monsters It is a template that adapts with changing cultural and social anxieties, as well as a guidepost that tells us where we are going and where we have been As a long time book reviewer I know that novels featuring viruses and or zombies have become prolific in the last several years and doubtless this is due to an increasing clamor for these stories Schweitzer looks at news sources writing stories about the latest outbreak of H1N1, or SARS, or Marburg, or Ebola the list can go on and how these stories play on our fears, passing along correct and incorrect information Add to the fray TV shows and movies that feature our feared scenarios 28 Days Later, 24, The Walking Dead, I Am Legend, The X Files, World War Z, etc and it appears that we are anxious and obsessed Schweitzer ultimately raises the question about who profits from the fear and paranoia.Chapter 1 deals with the outbreak narrative in films Chapter 2 is about the globalization of the outbreak scenario, the porousness of national boundaries, and fears of government conspiracies and or mismanagement Chapter 3 looks at how our fears of terrorism and corporate greed influence plots Chapter 4 covers the postapocalyptic stories, where populations have been decimated due to factors like a pandemic disease, etc This is where the zombies come in Going Viral includes chapter notes and an index.Basically this is a scholarly examination of a current pop culture trend and the reasons behind it It is also a class that Schweitzer teaches Check out the syllabus at Rutgers University Press While occasionally veering into the political, where her views are clearly stated, this is an interesting examination of why we are so obsessed with viral outbreaks, zombies, and the end of the world Admittedly, I will no longer accept review copies of books featuring zombies without a long careful examination of why that new book would be unique and worth my time, however, I do enjoy a good post apocalyptic dystopian end of civilization novel.Disclosure My review copy was courtesy of Rutgers University Press.http www.shetreadssoftly.com 2018 0

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    I reviewed this in the review essay, The Zombie and Its Metaphors, for American Quarterly

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Going Viral download Going Viral , read online Going Viral , kindle ebook Going Viral , Going Viral 8b0a182186f3 Outbreak Narratives Have Proliferated For The Past Quarter Century, And Now They Have Reached Epidemic Proportions From Days Later To To The Walking Dead, Movies, TV Shows, And Books Are Filled With Zombie Viruses, Bioengineered Plagues, And Disease Ravaged Bands Of Survivors Even News Reports Indulge In Thrilling Scenarios About Potential Global Pandemics Like SARS And Ebola Why Have Outbreak Narratives Infected Our Public Discourse, And How Have They Affected The Way Americans View The World In Going Viral, Dahlia Schweitzer Probes Outbreak Narratives In Film, Television, And A Variety Of Other Media, Putting Them In Conversation With Rhetoric From Government Authorities And News Organizations That Have Capitalized On Public Fears About Our Changing World She Identifies Three Distinct Types Of Outbreak Narrative, Each Corresponding To A Specific Contemporary Anxiety Globalization, Terrorism, And The End Of Civilization Schweitzer Considers How These Fears, Stoked By Both Fictional Outbreak Narratives And Official Sources, Have Influenced The Ways Americans Relate To Their Neighbors, Perceive Foreigners, And Regard Social Institutions Looking At Everything FromI Am Legend To The X Files To World War Z, This Book Examines How Outbreak Narratives Both Excite And Horrify Us, Conjuring Our Nightmares While Letting Us Indulge In Fantasies About Fighting Infected Others Going Viral Thus Raises Provocative Questions About The Cost Of Public Paranoia And The Power Brokers Who Profit From It Supplemental Study Materials For Going Viral Dahlia Schweitzer Going Viral