Collective anxiety? What do you think?
Many sociologists and critics say that the zombie resurged post-9/11, as the world changed, and thus, our collective anxieties shifted. “Americans no longer felt safe, and at the same time, we had Hurricane Katrina, the avian flu, anthrax scares. Suddenly there was a 5-year period when people in the U.S. felt insecure, and as it so happened, the nature of those insecurities manifested in zombie narratives: Invasion, destruction, apocalypse, infection … there was this intersection of these influences that made it perfect for the zombie to take over. People like monsters that manifest the things they’re worried about,” Bishop says.