Zombie Cliche Lookout: Favors
The zombie apocalypse will have a profound effect on pretty much every aspect of our lives and society. Generally speaking, we focus of the more obvious and visceral things. We lose power. Food is increasingly hard to come by. Law enforcement and public order is completely destroyed. Oh, and all your friends and loved ones who are killed will reanimate as mindless zombies unless you destroy their brains. That last one is kind of a big deal.
While all those things are really interesting, I think it’s also fun to look at some of the less obvious effects of the zombie outbreak. Money, for instance, won’t retain its value for very long at all. Of course, people are still going to need to exchange goods and services, so they’re going to need to come up with a different way of doing that. Not a new way, in fact, but a very old way: bartering. Because of this, people’s word and reputation will start becoming more important, and losing your reputation might just mean you can no longer engage in life-sustaining trade.
About this Episode:
I originally wanted Cheryl to say something along the lines of “Why do you need all those old man drugs?” The problem is that Cheryl didn’t really get a good look at Sam’s list, nor is she in healthcare so that she would recognize the use of the listed drugs. Compromises, people, compromises.
Discussion Question: Small, Important Changes
Building on the above, what other sort of changes do you think will be caused by the zombie apocalypse? I’m not talking about the big obvious stuff, but the smaller, more esoteric changes. How will society need to adapt in order to survive? For instance, fantasy football is going to be a little tougher to do.