I got yet another email from a company looking to do a show on preppers. Someone from MorningStar Entertainment writes:
An upcoming TV series for a major network, starring an American rock n’ roll icon, is seeking knowledgeable survivalists in the Waco Texas area to educate the public on what they need to survive when SHTF! We could cover anything from what type of shelter to seek to what foods to store to the best guns to use. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include any information about yourself and your expertise, as well as ant pictures or links to videos that help showcase who you are.
More specifically, she is producing a show for Discovery Channel that’ll star Ted Nugent. Then she adds a personal note:
Thanks so much for posting, I really appreciate it! It’s definitely time more people took this all seriously! Myself included, I’ve learned so much from my research on this show and for that I am grateful!
This email follows another promotional DVD that I got from National Geographic on their Doomsday Preppers show. I wasn’t able to review the DVD, because between the time I got the DVD and the time the show aired was when I was busy tackling site problems that – finally – seem to have been resolved. I wanted to see the clip that showed the family from Maine. Anyone see it? There is a local, state paper that ran an article on the family. The link to the article would be right here, but unfortunately, as you can see from the link, the paper just went out of business. Sad. It was a decent paper … but anyway. The article that was in that paper included an interview with the family and the family had said they feared the way the editing of the show might make them appear. The felt the National Geographic folks was steering them into one direction, pretty much asking them what sole issue it is that they’re preparing for, and seemingly wanting to focus on some of the family’s martial arts skills. These folks are pretty normal, really. They run a small primitive survival skills school called Primitive Skills – check ’em out!
Where am I going with this post? I guess it’s a personal TEOTWAWKI media rumination post, wondering whether the media craze presently surrounding the prepper movement is good for the movement … or bad. When I read the personal note from the producer above, I’m inclined to think the media craze is good. When I read the newspaper article about the family in Maine, I’m inclined to think the media craze is bad.
Ultimately, it depends on the quality of the show/news story being shown, but I fear many of the shows just celebrate the extreme side of things, the edgy stuff. I’m not convinced preppers are getting shown in a good light in the aggregate. Am I wrong? I could be. I readily admit to not watching much television. I don’t even own one. So maybe more of these shows are good for the movement, not bad.
How do you think Discovery Channel’s new Doomsday Bunkers show will portray preppers?
Maybe I’m just reminiscing to the days of my very first blog post, back when we preppers were … less popular. I’m glad that more people are taking preparations, but …… now we even have people like this guy, doing a “Ghetto Prepper” video series …
Did you watch the whole thing? I couldn’t bring myself to.
– Ranger Man