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The world of Bigfoot is at a tipping point. The new media has allowed anyone with an internet connection to join the fray, and be the "best Bigfoot researcher in the world." Competition is fierce to get hits, and subs, and all that stuff. It also seems you can make money at it. Dig it.

In the old days of Bigfoot, you worked alone. You could spend months without ever making contact with anyone else in the field. You would finally meet up with your kindred souls at a conference or something. These were the trailblazers of the Bigfoot world. Now, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogtalk Radio, can make you an overnight success. That is not bad in its own right. However, it does attract those who are not necessarily all about pure research. If the only witness to what you are doing is YOURSELF, then fudging can be employed. Cut your video at the point where you would be made, and now your egregiousness is never known to mankind. In time, you begin to notice something - videos that show something (a lot of something) get all the love. We all want to be loved, right?

A few years ago, nobody was doing research on YouTube. firstbillyjack, tcsjrbigfoot, fasanotampa came along, and now, the armchair guy could sit at home and get his daily fix of Bigfoot. They became very popular. They were not, how can we say, actually finding much. I mean, they tried their best. Blobs could be seen that may be a Bigfoot. But that was alright. There was no Adsense and they were not hurting anyone. Then, THE CHAMP appeared. Timbergiantbigfoot would take this concept to an unimaginable height.

His knowledge of psycology and marketing would form the perfect blend to bring them in the tent in numbers not seen since P.T. Barnum displayed the "petrified man." Timber knew it was important to not get involved with the Bigfoot community. Knowing that factions always form when dealing with humans, he went underground. No last name, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Blogtalk, no Tumbr, no nothing, would be the order of the day. He would then only be accountable to his followers. Smart. Very smart. Back to the Cardiff Giant.

The giant being excavated in New York

The Cardiff Giant was being displayed by a small circus in New York and Barnum wanted it. He wanted it so bad, he had a sculptor make one that was ten feet tall. They poured acid on it and scared it with flame to make it look old. Crowds lined up to see it...screw the bearded lady.

The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in United States history. It was a 10-foot (3.0 m) tall purported "petrified man" uncovered on October 16, 1869, by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. "Stub" Newell in Cardiff, New York. Both it and an unauthorized copy made by P.T. Barnum are still on display.
The spectacle was so successful that a newspaper reporter David Hunnum said "There's a sucker born every minute" a quote now attributed to Barnum.

There's a  lot of stuff right now coming out of Ontario, and based on the numbers of YouTube subs, there is a "sucker born every minute." Confidence men know this. That is what keeps them motivated.

Comments

  1. Nice work Tim, I agree on that Ontario guy. Silk flowers and marbles being given to you by a Sas? Please

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  2. In my opinion, the internet in the last couple of years has done more harm than good for the sincere researchers. It is a shame that the majority of people are interested in the subject for all the wrong reasons. Too many people are motivated by the almighty dollar, or the social aspect of a "community", as opposed to any scientific merit a discovery of this type would bring.

    There are some real researchers using the internet to further their own research, or to make contacts, but they are sadly overlooked due to the sensationalism created by the internet-researchers with their flood of "blopsquatches", hoaxes, and middle school fighting.

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