The Prepper Movement Essay

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The Prepper Movement
Is Prepping a New Trend?
Today, Americans who fear scenarios such as an economic collapse, a nuclear war, an EMP, or a natural disaster continue preparing themselves for, “the end.” There are people who believe “The Prepping Movement” is a new Trend. If we look back to October 29, 1929 which is considered today, “Black Tuesday,” when the stock market crashed and caused the Great Depression. American’s responded in panic, rushing to the banks still open in fear of losing their life savings. The effect of this economic collapse was detrimental to America. Currently people of the United States have become more dependent on technology than the people in 1929. How would the people of this country react if the lights went out tomorrow? Would you be prepared? It certainly would cause more difficulty in a disaster, because life today is merely at our fingertips. Although it’s not the first time America has prepped for disaster striking, current trends show it’s very evident people continue to prepare. Fear of the economy crashing once again, Americans who believe in preparing, believe they need to work to get information to others to help them prepare as well.
Any person who watches cable television has seen or heard of the popular TV show, Doomsday Preppers. This show selects a variety of preppers to share their story, what they are preparing for, and how they are prepping. Although others believe people who prepare are crazy, they continue to move forward and prepare for disaster. Also, they are not just preparing for themselves, but they are sharing information to help others prepare (Starr). The people from Doomsday Preppers got into prepping for logical reasons such as the recession and the terrorist attack on 9/11 (Starr). Lione Star who reports from Starr Living: Inside TV and Pop Culture, quotes a Doomsay Prepper, Jay Blevins voicing his concern for the actions of humans [another good reason to prepare] during a doomsday scenario:
Jay Blevins, who was a deputy sheriff and part of the S.W.A.T. team, admits his work may have also motivated him to create a plan B. ‘I've been a first responder to robberies, rapes, homicides…’I've seen what human beings are capable of. Unfortunately, evil exists.’
Due to the over the top prepper [The ones people are calling crazy] featured on doomsday prepppers, it has given people a misconception about all preppers (Starr). They are people like you and me and say they sleep very well at night knowing they are prepared for almost anything. They are not exaggerative such as half of the preppers on the show. This is for rating and entertainment purposes. The Southwick men, who have also been featured on the show, know how to hunt, but they are not excited about eating squirrel (Starr). Doomsday Preppers is not the only show getting the attention from viewers. Other shows featured on cable television, such as Man VS. Wild and Surviving Alaska [some of the toughest and most extreme survivalist]...

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