Witness “Arm in Bear Trap” Guy

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imageEver get your arm caught in a bear trap? We know a guy who did. But the reason you’re reading about it on JoeForAmerica is that he did it on purpose. Yeah, I said it. Bear trap. Arm. On purpose.. Some background:

Much has been written about the “Kardashian Culture” that much of America has bought into over the past 15 years. It involves people becoming rich and famous for reasons not of traditional means. But with the advent of smart phones and social media – it’s now devolved into becoming just a little famous for a tiny bit of time for just about any reason..

Witness the “Arm in Beartrap” guy:

It would be pretty easy to blame the people over at MTV’s “Jackass” for this bear trap “stunt” – if it is indeed a stunt and not just a complete fool who has an extra arm to spare. But it’s more than that and is a result of a sleazy touch of all these people on American culture, with the base evil being our old friend, “greed.”

imageThere used to be an old TV show called; “The Honeymooners,” which starred Jackie Gleason as Ralph Cramden – an east coast bus driver, his wife Alice and their friends Ed and Trixie. Ralph and Alice had a bedroom off the kitchen, which I’m sure they slept in, but we never saw it because they never actually went in there together. Why?

Because of standards.

Back then, the television business had standards regarding what they would allow to be broadcast into your home because of the possibility that it might influence the culture in a negative way. That’s why Ed, Trixie, Ralph and Alice were never in the bedroom even sleeping, much less having sex – or even talking about it. No sex jokes, no farting, no cracks about Alice being on her period and certainly no one getting anything caught in a bear trap.

But that’s okay, because they also had story-tellers, writers and Jackie Gleason – so they were clever and could entertain us without being sleazy, cheap or influencing the culture in a negative way. So what happened?

The wonderful people who used to make decisions in the media got old and people took over who had no talent and it became about money and only money. Yes, there are still some great shows, but most of it is about money and the Kardashian way is the most genius because it involves nearly no effort to be like “The Honeymooners.”

imageAll you have to do is point a camera at people like the Kardashians, Honey Boo-Boo, a bunch of Housewives, or whatever and tell them to fight and whine. It’s not so much a desire to get Seinfeld or even Ralph Cramden ratings or accolades – it’s about making the cheapest show you can with the least amount of clever people involved.

But back to “Arm in Beartrap” guy:

Why would anyone purposely stick their arm in a bear trap? You’re in luck, because I happen to have the answer.. Because there was a camera recording him, that’s why. No camera, no arm in bear trap. Have these guys been around forever? Yes, but we used to put them in institutions where they couldn’t hurt themselves. Now, we put them on YouTube and celebrate them for 15 minutes.

imageAnd the fact that we’re saturated by these people doesn’t seem to matter – it just seems to make the competition more fierce. Twitter, texting and Facebook have made the ability for instant fame exponentially more possible and rather than paying your dues as an artist, going to medical school to cure disease, or becoming an educator – why not just get drunk and stick your arm in a bear trap?

I don’t smell the death knell for any of this anytime soon because the truth is, it’s profitable for the tech companies, the media and for the few, the proud, the one-armed kinda famous..

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