Jimmy Lee Dykes: The Media’s New Poster Child for Those Crazy Preppers : The mainstream media has painted a scary picture, performing due diligence in creating another negative generalization to demonize preppers, much like they did when news came out that Nancy Lanza, mother of alleged Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, was preparing for the possibility of an economic collapse.
Folks, I predicted the future demonization of the term “prepper” by the media over three years ago…The term prepper came into use after the media had successfully demonized the term “survivalist” and was used by “survivalists” in an attempt to be more politically correct.
After awhile many of the folks referring to themselves as preppers, started to believe the media propaganda and smear campaign and actually started to think that there was a difference between survivalists and preppers and that if they referred to themselves as preppers that they were somehow “better” and more mainstream, civilized or less crazy.
You would be surprised at the “preppers” who’ve gotten very hatful with me for my using the term “survivalist” instead of “prepper” on the blog (I use both for SEO purposes). They insisted that they were not survivalists but preppers and demanded that I change the name of the blog and the language of my posts and books to reflect this or they were going to stop reading.
Now that the media has started the smear campaign of “preppers” I wonder what the new preferred term will be…? Lets see… fuzzy bunnies would be a good one, who could demonize that… right. We all love fuzzy bunnies.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary the Definition of Survivalist is : a person who advocates or practices survivalism; especially: one who has prepared to survive in the anarchy of an anticipated breakdown of society.
Definition from The Free Dictionary online “a survivalist is someone who tries to ensure their personal survival or the survival of their group or nation.”
According to Dictionary.com a survivalist is “a person who makes preparations to survive a widespread catastrophe, such as an atomic war or anarchy, especially by storing food and weapons in a safe place.”
According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary a survivalist is “a person who prepares for a dangerous or unpleasant situation such as a war by learning how to survive outdoors, practicing how to use weapons, storing food, etc.”
According to Scrabble Word Finder a survivalist is “a person who believes in being prepared to survive and is actively preparing for possible future emergencies and disruptions in local, regional, national, or international social or political order.”
Sorry folks, I could not find an official definition for the term prepper but according to The Urban dictionary a prepper is “someone who focuses on preparedness, generally for various worst-case scenarios like peak oil or Armageddon. Sometimes used to avoid the more loaded term survivalist.”
I personally, could not care less what the main-stream media thinks about me – I will not change who I am to be more “politically correct”, main-stream or acceptable. I am a survivalist period! Have been for over 20 years and I’m not going to change now. It’s what I know, who I am and who that I’m proud to be…
What about you?