Zombies as Potent Metaphors

Young people these days are really into zombies. It probably has something to do with some of the great zombie movies and video games released in recent years. But it’s also getting old—the hipsters have taken it too far with their endless zombie parties and zombie parades.

Still, though, given the popularity of our undead brethren, this seems like a pretty clever idea:

Elgin Community College and Harper College are trying to save America’s young people from becoming zombies. That’s the message of a new online animated campaign run by the two Illinois community colleges. The video urges students not to be “mindless followers of the traditional college-search mindset” and to consider the low-cost alternative community colleges provide. The video shows those who borrow to attend expensive four-year institutions facing “a lifetime of mindless, brain-consuming misery” as zombies.

Not quite a fair analogy—as far as the leading zombie scientists can tell, zombies aren’t fully cognizant of their predicament and don’t have to endlessly lose sleep over it.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.