Zombie Apocalypse, Bath Salts, Social Media and More
Will Zombie Apocalypse Spread on Social Networks like Facebook and Twitter?
EERIE, IN - Would news of a zombie apocalypse that started, say, in Eerie, Indiana or Miami, Florida soon spread to the rest of the world via social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ among others? Most likely, which raises some interesting questions.
By now, you have probably heard about the man killed in Miami, Florida over the weekend - the one who was chewing another man's face. He was found naked, growling, and . Sorry to have to give you that visual but this actually happened. It happened in the middle of the day on a highway off-ramp.
An officer told the man to back away. According to the Miami Herald,. “The officer, who has not been identified, approached and, seeing what was happening, also ordered the naked man to back away. When he continued the assault, the officer shot him, police sources said. The attacker failed to stop after being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.”
The man, Rudy Eugene, was eventually killed by the police officer, who sources say is pretty shook up over the incident. As you might imagine, however, on Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites, word of the "Zombie Apocalypse" being upon us soon spread.
Meanwhile, in the real world, police soon said they believed the man's actions were induced by cocaine or possibly LSD. However, an ER doctor at the local Jackson Memorial Hospital told the Herald that the attack may have been brought on by bath salts, a drug similar to that used for taking relaxing baths. No evidence has been presented to the public in this regard as it may not be possible to detect the presence of bath salts in the body. However, the biting and naked part of the event correspond with other reports of bath salt usage around the United States.
And as for the social media world, one enterprising if not callous person started parody Twitter account, @TheMiamiZombie recently.
“..miami...media...still...in...denial...no...cocaine...just...flesh...and...brains...” they tweeted
It may not have been a true zombie apocalypse, but as with most newsworthy stories, the social networks were used to spread word of the event after it happened over Memorial Day weekend. So, if the real zombie apocalypse does come, be sure to