Face-chewer Rudy Eugene     With the latest out breaks of social hysteria due to social media frenzies, do you think the latest story about Rudy Eugene the nick-named face-chewer who was shot...

Face-chewer Rudy Eugene

     With the latest out breaks of social hysteria due to social media frenzies, do you think the latest story about Rudy Eugene the nick-named face-chewer who was shot dead while acting like a crazed flesh eating zombie will cause a conversion disorder epidemic of more cannibalistic incidences of zombie-ism.

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I do believe there's a lot of media hype as stated before;however, I do believe that there are some strange behaviors in general going on. It's really hard to know if things are really changing that much, or if things like this have always happened but we never knew about them because we didn't have 24/7 news shows and the Internet.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I see it as more as media hype than anything else.  There have been other incidents of cannibalism related to people using those "bath salts"--a type of illegal drug.  It made one poor lady start eating the family dog.  If that's not enough reason right there to "Just Say No!" then I don't know what is.  Yuck!

Rudy Eugene, however, was not on the 'bath salts' drugs, but did have pot in his system. He is apparently just a deeply disturbed individual. 

 

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with the posters here suggesting that a zombie epidemic is highly unlikely. Not that many people will go crazy in the same way at the same time. Mass hysteria is a real phenomenon, but the specific type of collective psychosis in question here seems improbable.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I can say pretty safely that the earth will never be overrun by the walking dead, and that zombies, in the way they are portrayed on movies and television, do not exist. It is also quite a stretch to suggest that the conversion disorder epidemic in LeRoy could in any way make it plausible that a mass cannibalism epidemic would break out. People indeed do strange things, but there is such a strong taboo against cannibalism in our culture that I doubt such a thing would happen. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I highly doubt it.  You would have to be awfully disturbed to go off and start trying to eat someone's face off.  I know that people do pretty weird stuff because they get the idea from what someone else has done, but I think this is a step or two farther than people are likely to go.

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strongservice | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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     Belief is the key factor in conversion disorder. Social media spreads unsubstantiated and inflated information about a subject that stimulates the user on a personal level, that person then furthers the process by finding others on a social level that may be diverse and different culturally but have the same natural human fears, superstitions, and hysterical tendencies also on a personal level all unwittingly fueling the Internet fires of social hysteria just as a virus would on a world wide flight to the world busiest airports, waiting to catch a ride home to your house. Belief can only be counteracted and controlled with fact and knowledge, or fear and ignorance; unfortunately both hold equal ground over the World wide web.

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strongservice | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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     If enough people go crazy on bath salts who's to say they wont be roaming the streets of your neighbourhood at night soon, growling like animals and looking for more human flesh to eat. I'm just saying ya never know.

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strongservice | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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I highly doubt it.  You would have to be awfully disturbed to go off and start trying to eat someone's face off.  I know that people do pretty weird stuff because they get the idea from what someone else has done, but I think this is a step or two farther than people are likely to go.

So you don't foresee the apocalypse such as shows like the walking dead happening. If  conversion disorder epidemics like in LeRoy N.Y. with hysterical teenagers showing signs of turrets syndrome and other physical symptoms, and now a grown up nurse that treated them were spread through social media, why not zombies?

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