Thursday, May 19, 2011

Survival Guide for Zombie Attacks

It looks like our U.S. Centers for Disease Control is picking up where our Canadian cousins left off. I did a blog post a few years ago about how a group of Canadian students did some mathematical modeling about the speed of zombie attacks and the best ways to try to contain the outbreaks. (".... the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often".)

The CDC answered by providing this equally tongue-in-cheek public service announcement, "Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse". Incidentally, the author of this piece, Ali S. Khan, is a well-respected researcher and is one of the few people I've ever heard of over at the CDC. It's also worth noting that the CDC in Atlanta played a prominent role in the recent AMC television series, The Walking Dead.

I particularly liked this droll statement, "The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen." Remember, folks, if we see it on TV, it has to be real! The rest of the post then gives common-sense advice about what actions we should take and what supplies we should have on hand in case we're hit by hurricanes, earthquakes, zombie attacks, pandemics, etc.

As hinted in their title, this piece was probably written to see just how quickly it could go viral and crash the CDC servers. Already the Wall Street Journal. the Washington Post, and WebProNews have their own interesting takes on this story-within-a-story, along with probably every other news organization and blogger out there.

(Why do I think DARPA is behind this?)

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