Category Archives: Zombies

What is the Mass Media’s Role in Creating Trauma During the Coronavirus Panic

What is the Mass Media Doing to Create and Sustain Panic and Trauma During Coronavirus?

All some people have during “lock down” is the black box and its endless stream of “urgent updates” about Coronavirus.  But are enough of us going to be able to disconnect from “the news” to consider what is the mass media doing to our mental and emotional state as a population right now?  

An ally of mine shared via email with a group of about 25 activists that she heard a trauma psychologist on KPCC say about the so-called pandemic that, “Altruism builds Resilence after Trauma.”

That word, trauma, stirred in me a response that I felt called to share.  I replicate and expand a bit on this response here and hope it finds you.

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Black Friday

Black Friday.  Biggest US shopping day of the year, treated like a holiday.  Stores open up in the middle of the night and offer sales.  People stream in from their homes, some never touching their beds, packing tote bags full of circled ads, hand-held television sets, and a will as strong as any athlete to win.

Only on Black Friday winning is about grabbing the sale items before anyone else.  Each year, at least one person is trampled to death somewhere in the United States on this corporate holiday, by other shoppers more eager to get their deals than respect the lives of shoppers with less of an iron will than theirs.

A group of 4 or 5 friends grabbed a video camera, a still camera, and a voice recorder and stayed up ’till dawn in order to interview these people while they waited in lines at the Malls and big stores for Black Friday.

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Big Box Zombies

Breaking News: Zombies have been seen using big-box stores to meet.

The implications are grave, with possible strategy sessions for infiltration and takeover occurring during these Z meetups. This article breaks down an analysis of what’s happening and makes recommendations for nipping further outbreak in the bud.

The scene: Milling about somewhat aimlessly, several shoppers were observed recently in Wal-Mart displaying behavior indicative of infection with the zombie virus.

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