The Truth about Zombie Awareness Week

I received some very interested responses to the idea of an Australian Zombie Awareness Week from my last blog entry. However, much to my chagrin, in investigating further, I have discovered that this event is not exactly what I thought it was.

Rather than a week of furthering awareness of the living dead, the Australian Zombie Awareness Week  was promoting awareness of malware and virus infected computers spewing forth not blood and pus, but spam.  That’s right kids.  Garden variety spam.

This is so disappointing!

I mean, imagine thinking you were getting scary rotting walking corpses and instead getting…  spam. So utterly gross!

 It is also disturbing.

“Zombie” was one of those words that was pretty clear cut: It is either a reanimated corpse or a human being controlled by a supernatural force. Unlike words like “input,” which semantically can have one meaning in economics and a different meaning in the tech field, when someone said zombie, everyone was on pretty much the same page. Okay, so you might question whether it was Romero style slow zombies or 28 Days Later fast ones. But you were still talking walking dead, right?

So now, you have to clarify that you are not talking about hijacked computers?

Sheesh. That’s enough to take all the fun out of being undead.

4 Comments

  1. Kelly

    Wha?

    I thought those infected computers were spambots. Semantics.

    Oh well, just conjures up images of rotten, infected computers spewing blood and pus from the USB ports and DVD drives….There, I feel better now thinking of that.

    • glinda

      I don’t know…. Visiting Australia still sounds like a good idea to me. We may have to bring our own zombies (or make our own awareness)!

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