Beauty is on the eye of the beholder.
IMHO, and experience, "they" are the result of what happens when "mainstream" folks apply labels to themselves and so reenactors become living historians, living historians become experiential anthropologists, experiential anthropologists become experimental archeologists ALL without a mutually agreed upon definition or consensus as to use, denotation, connotation, standards, activities, or events.
"Eras we currently have represented: Roman, Medieval Europe, American Revolutionary War, Frontiersmen, Native American Indians, War of 1812, Regency, Civil War, Pioneers, “Wild West”, WW I, Roaring 20s, WW II, 1980s. "
Not being negative, critical, or knocking their vision or efforts.
Who knows folks who refer to themselves as "living historians" because they put on a costume to attend a gun show becasue that is "living history"
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
Not a real Civil War reenactor, I only portray one on boards and fora.
I do not portray a Civil War soldier, I merely interpret one.