10 Things That Never Happen in Virus Movies (But Should)

9. Any mention of social media or reference to the internet

The way we learn about continually breaking news these days is basically online. So why aren€™t survivors in modern films scrolling frantically through TweetDeck or their Facebook Newsfeed to find out what€™s happening during an outbreak? Obviously, a bunch of characters sitting around playing with their smartphones doesn€™t make compelling apocalyptic cinema. But continuing to ignore this huge part of the way we experience the world risks the suspension of disbelief. I can believe in zombies; I can€™t believe people wouldn€™t be sharing their undead-capturing Instagrams and Vines with the world. Recent history has shown that there€™s no scenario so terrifying it stops all the witnesses filming and uploading it to YouTube.
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Andrew Tipp is a writer, blogger and editor. He writes about pop culture, media and technology, and is interested in how the digital world is changing our lives. He’s a fan of chorizo, coffee, film geekery, reading graphic novels, enjoying TV box set marathons and formulating zombie survival strategies.