Zombie processes and undead technology



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Moore, C. (2013). Zombie processes and undead technology. In A. Whelan, R. Walker & C. Moore (Eds.), Zombies in the Academy: Living Death in Higher Education (pp. 91-103). Bristol, United Kingdom: Intellect. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/Z/bo15566853.html

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The zombie is a figure of horror and comedy, of unrelenting consumption, its post-life a reductive and twisted parody of Darwinian logic. As a metaphorical critique, the zombie dramatically reveals a desubjectification of political will, a condition of simultaneous undeath and non-life, rendering all questions of the social infeasible. The zombie consumes the body, animating its victim as a vector for the continued transmission and transportation of further infection. The zombie has no self to be dangerous to, producing more of its kind as it feeds, never able to satisfy the urgent and constant hunger. The doom of its own kind is inevitable as the zombie's food source is converted and consumed into extinction.

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