So why zombies, why now? Allow me to suggest that it’s not the zombies we are concerned with so much as the world the zombies leave in their wake. Gallup’s ongoing poll of trust in public institutions reveals that Americans have rarely been more pessimistic about the nation’s state of affairs. As the pollsters note in their write-up on June’s results, “Americans’ confidence in all institutions over the last two years has been the lowest since Gallup began systematic updates of a larger set of institutions in 1993.” “The Walking Dead” shows us what happens when such institutions collapse entirely. “Fear the Walking Dead” shows a society in which these organizations are already weakened by distrust. Lack of confidence and cynicism pervades.
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