Fans of The Walking Dead were introduced to the mysterious town of Woodbury this season, with actor David Morrissey in the fictional role of The Governor.
When The Walking Dead returned for a third season, the town of Woodbury, Atlanta became a key location in the episode “Walk With Me” and beyond.
Although Rick Grimes and his group of survivors took over an abandoned prison in the premiere, outsiders Michonne and Andrea later learned that other survivors of the zombie apocalypse were living walker-free in Woodbury under the control of The Governor.
As we’ve come to find out this season, Woodbury isn’t quite what it appears to be on the surface. It’s safe, happy, and even has its own unique form of entertainment away from the harsh reality beyond the town’s fortified walls.
After watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead, Woodbury feels all too familiar. It reminds me a lot of Facebook and the daily behavior within the walls of the massive social network.
So, how is Woodbury like Facebook?
You’re free to leave, but…
Come on, admit it. We’ve all wanted to leave Facebook at some point, but we haven’t.
Think about all of the friends out there who publicly announced they were leaving Facebook forever. Where are they now? Back on Facebook! We all know at least one friend who stormed away from Facebook in a huff only to mysteriously return as if nothing ever happened.
This week on The Walking Dead, Andrea chose to remain in Woodbury while Michonne decided to leave. The funny thing is, deep down inside Andrea knows she should have left with her friend. Will she admit it? Well, how many friends have the courage to admit their true feelings about Facebook ON Facebook? Like The Walking Dead, it’s all fear based.
If Woodbury really is like Facebook, odds are that Michonne will be back.
You know something’s not quite right when everyone’s way too happy. You know, like WAY too happy every second of the day. Life doesn’t work like that. If it did, we’d all be like the Whos in Whoville, happily singing arm-in-arm that the Grinch has a heart. Wait a second … sound familiar?
At this point I don’t know what’s worse, not being able to leave Woodbury or living in a world filled endless motivational quotes where everyone’s “having a sip of lovely red wine by the fireplace” or “just had an amazing trip to the corner store” or “boy, what a great day!” At this rate, Woodbury’s looking awesome.
Are the residents of Woodbury truly happy people in a manufactured reality, or are they simply the happy people they’ve always wanted to be?
Sure, The Governor doesn’t look like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but the two definitely share the same mystery when it comes to things beyond our control.
What’s The Goverzucker really doing with all of our information? Nothing of course (wink, wink). It’s all for our own protection.
Don’t be surprised if the The Governor eventually incorporates paid safety into Woodbury. And God help the residents of Woodbury if he forces a timeline on their freedom!
The zombie games
This week on The Walking Dead we finally got a look at the zombie games. Farmville, SongPop, Bubble Safari, Bejeweled Blitz… need I say more?
Don’t you just love it when art imitates real life?
Safe haven … Or is it?
We know society in The Walking Dead has gone to hell in a bloody handbasket. People are living there to escape reality, or so they think. Can the same be said about Facebook? Is real life as bad as The Walking Dead? It makes you wonder if Facebook is nothing more than a safe haven from all of the bad things in life (see “happy together” above).
Can the new reality within Woodbury replace life before the zombies? Of course not. Can the online world of Facebook replace real life? Put it this way: no matter how many walls get put up around Woodbury, the outside world still exists.
And since there are only 73 people living in Woodbury, that’s the amount of real friends you’d be left with on Facebook if you deleted the other 5,000.
Is Woodbury just like Facebook?