I think I understand the popularity of post-apocalyptic/Zombie/Dystopic media in the modern culture. Society is SO incredibly unbalanced that the malaise of the general populace manifests itself in a subconscious wish for the destruction of its own society. By “unbalanced” I don’t necessarily mean the separation between rich and poor or good and bad, but an unbalanced ratio of people who feel entitled to the world, while never thinking about why they do the things they do.
The youth of the country feel that they are entitled to easy lives and amazingly high paid jobs without paying their dues, and blame any difficulty in their slowly wasted lives on everyone else but themselves. They wander around expecting greatness and opportunity to come to them.
Executives and middle management in every corporation feel that they are entitled to be worshiped and served by their “underlings”; all while continuing to hand more work to fewer employees (without raises) so they can collect larger bonuses for themselves.
Government officials believe that they are modern-day Messiahs and should not be held to the same standards as the average man. In the pursuit of building their reputation, they supposedly fight for their constituents all while only catering to their own agendas. They keep their jobs and they keep you where you are, because if you succeed, you don’t need government help, and without need of government help you may actually pay attention to what they are doing with their power and fire them.