Cryptomundo's Loren Coleman and I Love The Yeti's Henry Stokes made fun companion posts today about the Yeti's depiction in popular culture over the years. From Cryptomundo:
It is only when we move into the 1960s (after Sir Edmund Hillary’s debunking Yeti expedition) do we see the shift to the “white” Abominable Snowmen. Is this due to the establishment of a concrete-thinking postwar USA, where Americans’ insights in popular culture were viewed as the most important ones of the day?Link to Cryptomundo, Link to I Love The Yeti
Or is it merely a reflection of the worldwide popularity of the Bumble (from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)?
Yes, I am a firm advocate of the theory that the whiteness of the modern popular cultural icon the Yeti or Abominable Snowmen directly issues from the depiction of the “Abominable Snow Monster” or “The Bumble” in the oft-repeated Christmas TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.