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Nov
12

The Monsters We Love

Not too long ago, a Detroit company announced it was considering opening up a Zombie theme park in the city.  I must confess I simply don’t understand the fascination, but I am all too aware that society is mesmerized by creatures from, or of, the dead.

This week, we join Krista Tippet and TV aficionado, Diane Winston, as they consider what are all those righteous criminals, amoral zombies, and loving vampires saying to us and about us?

As Dr. Winston says in the show, I think, that is about re-enchantment. So if you look at sort of the standard sociological critiques of society, what’s happened in industrial post-capitalist society is that we’ve lost the awe, we’ve lost the beauty, we’ve all been rationalized to the point where everything is — there’s no transcendence anymore. So what we need is our culture to reawaken us to mystery and to awe and to wonder.”

DOWNLOAD: THE MONSTERS WE LOVE  (50 minutes)

Credits: Tippett, Krista.  “The Monsters We Love.” On Being,  American Public Media.  December 1, 2011. 

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