The zombie as economic metaphor has been around long enough to speciate. We've seen zombie banks, zombie housing, and now it's time for a zombie labor market.
Several callers agreed to share their own horror stories in a labor market that has improved little four years after the economic crisis of 2008...
The flood of desperate, unemployed callers is a powerful reminder of why people remain so gloomy about the American economy...
It works like this: the unemployed person as zombie, the unemployed masses as zombie legions:
The relatively small article in the middle of the newspaper generated an avalanche of phone calls — at least 1,324 in the three days after the paper hit the streets — that overwhelmed the staff at the CCP office handling the job-training grant.
[S]tatistics alone don't fully capture the desperation of some of those seeking to apply for free job training.
It's a powerful metaphor. And it cuts several ways. On the one (rotting) hand, the zombie as object of pathos summons up our sympathy. On the other, the metaphor exercises some classism, giving us a license to fear the poor. Both of these political readings have been in the larger Gothic world for centuries.
Here's a glimpse of the Infocult economy:
When Kittrell read an article about a plan to open a 200-acre zombie-inspired theme park called Z World in the industrial wastelands of Detroit, he instantly applied to play one of the undead. "I'm a big fan of zombies, so I filled that out," said Kittrell, his voice brimming with youthful optimism.