Zombie Cliche Lookout: Communication Limitations
When we’re not dealing with a large-scale zombie outbreak, we have an incredible variety of ways to communicate with one another. We can call on the phone from anywhere, text message, social media messaging and tagging, video chat, radio… I could go on and on. But when society starts shutting down, those communication channels are going to start closing off pretty quickly. The cell phone network can’t deal with a large scale flush of users, as those who lived through 9/11 or the power outage that took out large parts of the US and Canada several years ago will remember.
Once the power starts going out, all those fancy tools will stop working. The same is true of internet connectivity. While the internet itself is pretty durable, individual services are much less so. Want to stay in touch when dealing with zombies? Get some walkie talkies, plenty of spare batteries, and a few different charging options.
About this Episode:
With this arc, I wanted to have the characters have a plan and execute it, but didn’t want to show any of the planning process in the comic itself. I wrote this to sort of hint at the idea that, when Barb came back from investigating, they quickly threw together a plan to escape, with you readers being able to reverse engineer that plan as things played out. Today’s episode is the completion of that plan. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it doesn’t look like everything came together quite like they had planned it.
Discussion Question: Keeping in Touch?
You’ve survived the initial chaos of the zombie apocalypse, and are now surviving day-to-day with a small group of people. What strategies and technology would you use to keep in touch with one another? How would you communicate when you’re in a situation where you can’t make noise?