Zombie Cliche Lookout: Hunter Becomes the Hunted
If you think about it, zombie stories are basically made of this trope. Mankind is, for all intents and purposes, the apex predator of the world. We enjoy our position at the top of the food chain, so when we become the prey, it’s a tough adjustment. Of course, zombie stories often take this to another level, with hostile living people making things very difficult for our heroes. At some point in the story – unless it’s really dark – the heroes get the upper hand and turn the tables on the aggressors. That could be a lot of dead bad guys (or something less violent, but usually not).
About this Episode:
Like I mentioned last week, this batch of episodes is going to have some timeline overlap. There’s simply a lot going on in a short period of time. To help make this clear, I tried to use the action in the background to roughly mirror the previous episodes. I think it works pretty well, but sometimes it’s hard to judge yourself.
Discussion Question: Job Skills
Okay everyone, take your current job (being a student counts), and tell me ways that it would help you survive the zombie apocalypse, and ways that it would hinder you.
I’m a manager of a tech support center at a web development company. My department is responsible for both technical assistance and working with out clients to build out their sites. On the surface, there’s not a lot in my job that would be useful in a zombie-survival situation. Like it or not, the demand for websites is going to be very, very low in the post-apocalyptic world.
However, there are other little skills baked into the job, particularly two: troubleshooting and people reading.
A big part of my job is examining issues, breaking them down to their core components, and finding ways of working around the problem to still achieve the desired outcome. You don’t need to be rocket surgeon to figure out how that could apply in a survival situation.
The other half is being able to figure out people, and this comes into play in a couple interesting ways. As a manager, I have to figure out peoples’ strengths and weaknesses and work with those to make the most of the employee. That’s pretty important for team building. I also work in tech support, so I have to work with customers, many of whom aren’t happy. Over the years I’ve developed the ability to work through their frustration and have them leave more or less happy. This could be extremely useful in negotiation and talking my way out of problems with other people.
With zombies? Well, that’s another story.