Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 22nd, 2013
Let us pause for a moment and reflect upon the fact that bigfoot means a great number of different things to an even greater number of people. The very fact that I could have inserted (wood ape, sasquatch, forest people… okay maybe not forest people) into the above sentence and had it retain the same effect speaks greatly to this.
Let us also pause and reflect upon the fact that even though it lacks Linnaean classification, this hasn’t stopped it from creating an indelible impression upon our culture and our lives. From movies to documentaries, fairs to symposiums, folk art to internet forums, the wily wood ape holds sway over our collective imaginations and attention spans in a way usually reserved for extremely cute, extremely DISCOVERED animals. It’s safe to argue that The Bigfoot Show itself would not exist were it not for this great draw that the sasquattle has upon the public at large.
To put it simply bigfoot and anything bigfoot related is an attention grabber, a strong draw, an easy foundation upon which to focus the public’s attention and capture their imagination. With that in mind is it any wonder that the subject attracts such a wide and varied audience? Anyone who has taken even a moment to peruse the online discussions available will quickly see that there is no one size fits all description for those partaking in the discussion. From ardent skeptic to the most credulous of wishful thinkers, bigfoot draws a crowd. A very large crowd. Each with their own opinion and their own outlook, but all willing and eager to express their opinions and thoughts upon the subject (with predictable and often humorous results).
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