Let’s talk zombies. Can’t kill them. Can’t eat them. What are we to the living dead?
No longer merely the province of Halloween season, nowadays zombies proliferate in American pop culture, from books to TV to film.
Dr. Michael Webber, deputy director of UT’s Energy Institute, says there’s good reason for the persistence of zombies – and it has a lot to do with how we think about power.
Energy – or the lack thereof – is always a sign of post-apocalyptic and zombie culture. Loss of energy inevitably leads to resource wars among the apocalypse’s survivors. From “The Walking Dead” to “World War Z,” the main drive is often for fuel, water, or power.