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Through the eyes of 4th graders brought into blasphemous situations, the show manages to criticize concepts such as the status quo, prejudice, extremities pushed in society ,and class conflict– the most appoint one in the episode. This show is never shy when it comes to pointing out human error and ignorance and neither is Marx on capitalism and class.
Karl Marx’s describes the United States as a capitalist dependent society whose people are often dehumanized and brainwashed, much like how the people on South Park are notoriously known for being stupid, immoral, ignorant, lazy, and many more. The homeless are as described by the scientist that the boys meet amidst the epidemic, explains that the homeless live off of change like food and no
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A lot of things took place in 2007 prior to the making of the show like; Steve Jobs showing the first iPhone (Jan 9), Obama announced his run for presidency “Change” is slogan (Feb 10), and the closest to date was the Virginia Tech Massacre (April 16). All of these occurrences blend in the create Marx’s themes of materialism and class conflicts in the episode to allude to the human error and how society fails to deal with these pragmatic situations. The show attempts to spoof The Dawn of the Dead series, using the zombies too allude to the slaves & master relationship of consumerism and the migrating to malls for the instinctual consumption of goods. In both, the zombies are only a side character, a catalyst revealing the true problem infecting humanity- pervasive and blind consumerism. It's the South Park characters and the surviving humans in DOD that are the blind incompetent consumers, and because the mall has all the supplies they could ever want, they no longer have the need and/or the ability to provide for themselves. The people have been brainwashed by the impending capitalist ideology, they can't see the messed up world around them in any terms other than possession and consumption which puts everyone's lives at …show more content…
Not this show— it goes perhaps overboard with the parallels that they depict between the zombies and the homeless but also the zombies & the homeless and how they mirror the ‘average’ person. We are all able to become succumbed to material desires and also becoming homeless ourselves. All the homeless people keep asking for “change” but when has the human race ever gathered together to eradicate something when it didn't directly affect them right away? The show illustrates this selfish tendencies we have as humans to not really concern ourselves with the apparent problems around us that keep getting worse, rather we just push it on to the next generation (or in the show’s case the next state) and hope that someone else figures things

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