I am aware that the metal detecting “realty” shows, Diggers and American Diggers are coming back to haunt us, but Sunday night I discovered that much of the country is being taken over by similar, off-the-wall, “made for stupid people” TV garbage. I suddenly realized I have been living a sheltered life for the past couple of years….
First I must admit that I am not a big TV fan, and my viewing is pretty much limited to sports and the various cooking shows. Sunday night, after watching the Redskins lose their playoff game, I starting giving the remote a workout, and discovered shows like “Moonshiners”, “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo”, “Storage Wars”, “Swamp People”, “Gator Boys” and a new one that blew my mind….“Best Funerals” (Believe it or not it this one is on the “Learning Channel”).
I know these shows have little to do with metal detecting or treasure hunting, but then perhaps they do indirectly. Over the past few years the hobby has become crowded with very vocal, very selfish, and very lazy participants, as in “if it doesn’t affect me, who cares”.
You also like to show and brag about your finds on the internet, and in the process, help paint big targets on our backs for everyone to see including not just John Q. Public, but the archaeological community and the TV networks as well. You might call it progress, but I like Forest Gump’s “stupid is as stupid does”….
All of these supposed “reality shows” are becoming the rage because WE watch them and in the process, WE encourage the continued promotion of even “dumb, dumb and dumber”…
I had a scary feeling Sunday night skimming through these shows thinking that just maybe the two metal detecting shows that we despise so much are really the best of the lot. How bad is that?
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Received an email from mny good friend Dave Perry, with details about the forthcoming Southern Indiana Treasure Fest, and wanted to share the info with you here….