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Why Zombies Matter More than Housewives

by David King on March 11, 2013

It’s Monday afternoon, and rather than working, I just watched last night’s episode of The Walking Dead.

In my humble opinion, I think it’s the best thing to happen to TV since LOST. I may be biased, of course. I tend to be drawn to stories about survivors; strangers coming together in hard times and working towards a common goal – or against a common enemy. Perhaps it’s the complex Lord-of-the-Flies-esque social allegories that arise, or the raw and decomposed emotions elicited during extreme survival situations. Either way, it’s difficult to deny that The Walking Dead has some of the best writing on TV.

That’s right, Real Housewives of Who-Gives-A-Fuck, it’s a show that has writers.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Walking Dead, it follows a group of survivors in … Keep Reading Here


2012: A Year (Lost) in Review

by David King on December 28, 2012

Now that a full week has passed since the world didn’t end (to everyone’s surprise, I’m quite certain), I thought it appropriate to reflect on the year – and in particular, on something that has me quite bothered.

I’ve never been a fan of watching the evening news, or reading the morning newspaper. While I like to stay informed, I can’t stand the way the news is edited, filtered, and truncated into mere seconds of information, as if hearing that “a new study has found a link between coffee and prostate cancer” is valuable information in and of itself. Add to this the trend of running useless gossipy celebrity stories before hardly relevant local ones, and I simply don’t have the patience.

Our short attention spans have only become shorter, and they have resulted in the near silencing of real, … Keep Reading Here


Why Science Fiction May Save Us All

by David King on May 29, 2012

For as long as I can remember, I have loved science fiction.

As an adult, I’ve realized my love for science fiction as something more – something closer to an appreciation, both creatively and intellectually. I now love science fiction for its ability to address life’s most challenging questions in ways not possible by other genres.

For this reason, I believe that science fiction may save us all.

My favorite high school read was Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, hands down. It remains my favorite read to this day. In addition to underscoring the social and cultural importance of the written word (and by extension, the human imagination), Bradbury also accomplished the difficult task of warning us against censorship guised as protection of minority rights (or, more simply, the avoidance of stepping on toes). While its more obvious book-burning message … Keep Reading Here


Dear Self-Righteous Hypocrites & Hipsters

by David King on May 10, 2011

Of late, I have had an increasing number of increasingly disturbing encounters with individuals who, in supposedly seeking acceptance and respect, have become increasingly judgmental and presumptuous.

Most of us, in one way or another, have had the opportunity to partake in some sort of social minority, whether by choice or by uncontrollable forces (i.e., genetics). Some of us, of course, are members of minority groups which encounter heightened levels of scrutiny, discrimination, and/or hate (to be frank). As a fairly liberal and progressive thinker myself, I have always made a conscious effort to not assume, to not judge, and to not categorize. Of course subconscious processes may make this difficult at times, but at the end of the day, we all have control over the words we speak.

What my recent encounters have shown me, however, is that some … Keep Reading Here