Edward Lear
This is not my worldview, but I’m getting the impression that zombieism is the prevailing zeitgeist. For anyone who’s not familiar with the term, it’s German and translates roughly as “spirit of the age,” meaning it describes the ideology or dominant mode of thought in a particular era. So, what are the characteristics of zombies? They’re rotting, for one thing. They’re reanimated corpses without any real life. They have no real thoughts. Instead they have an overpowering urge to destroy and devour. Also, the condition is contagious—if you’re bitten and manage to survive, then you become a zombie yourself.

The important point here is that zombies have no real will or thoughts of their own. They consume what social media pumps into their heads and tend to react reflexively, dealing with the crises of life without ever extending beyond into the ramification of zombieism, for one thing, and what else they could or should be doing, for another.

McCalmont calls this worldview “ironic detachment,” a way to hide your real reaction to what you’re seeing or doing behind a pretense of disinterest. It’s a pretense strongly identified with hipsters, to name the current wearers-of-the-mantle, but it also extends to other, less out there individuals and social groupings. According to McCalmont, this is about cowardice, a refusal to really look at social, economic and scientific trends and to follow them out to conclusions—a failure to grapple with the implications and to think of something better.

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