Sites like Facebook and Pinterest changed the face of survivalism. Over the past few years there has been a gradual shift from real prepping, to reading memes. Looking at a meme and pictures satisfies our desire for instant gratification.
There was once a time when people were truly interested in prepping. Survivalist joined forums, read blogs, made YouTube videos… etc.
Today, people are happy to just look at memes and invest as little time as possible in prepping.
Post a meme on Facebook, and it may get thousands of likes and hundreds of shares.
Post a link to an article, and it gets nothing. After all, an article would require people to do this thing called “read”, and this other thing called “thinking.” Who has time to read or think when the meme can explain everything?
Why should we read about gardening, when all we have to do is look at memes?
Why should we read about raising chickens, when all we have to do is look at memes?
Real Life Prepping
My first introduction prepping (as we call it today) was in the 1970s when my granny had chickens, fruit trees, a garden, milk cow… etc. I remember my cousins churning butter in their living room. Granny had a nice chicken flock, a large fig tree and some pear trees.
Back then it was called farming. Today we call it prepping, or prepsteading.
In the 1970s we were in the Cold War and students practiced duck and cover drills in school.
In the 1980s the USSR collapsed and for the first time since the 1950s there was a form of peace between Russia and the United States. Even though there was an uneasy peace between the USA and Russia, there was still a group of people who continued prepping.
Related Article – Being a survivalist in the 1990s.
We continued to practice what we had been taught during the cold war, and attempted to preserve the ideology of prepping. One of our main sources for prepping information was American Survival Guide and Paladin Press.
Then the Internet came along.
Finally there was a way for survivalist to connect with other like minded individuals. There were Yahoo Groups, Bulletin Boards, and eventually forums and blogs.
The early 2000s was a wonderful time for preppers. At last we were able to reach out and share ideas, and ask questions.
As things tend to do, the Internet evolved into an array of social networking sites. So called preppers set up Facebook pages and started sharing memes. Over time, fewer and few real prepping articles were being written, and even YouTube is on the decline.
Prepping and firearms go hand-in-hand. The anti-gun policy of Google and YouTube are squeezing survivalist off YouTube. Preppers can not even post hunting videos on YouTube without getting a flag.
Rather than taking time to write articles, or make YouTube videos, armchair preppers make memes. They collect thousands of followers on sites like Facebook, which is a shame. Someone please explain how a meme is supposed to provide anything close to real world knowledge?
Some of the books in my survivalist library can take a week, or two weeks to read. These are historical based books detailing how society dealt with various catastrophes, such as the Black Death.
How is a ten word meme supposed to convey real life survival information? Yet, for some reason, that is what people want to see.
Personally, I am not impressed with some of the stuff posted in memes. Simply because there is a difference between someone who has never done anything, and thinks the picture is cute, and someone who has real life experience.