The fact that we tekkies are able to stay in touch online is really pretty cool, but sometimes it results in heavy drama, and knock ‘em dead arguments. Look around and you will pretty much find them on any metal detecting forum, website or FB page.In fact online I am the meanest, toughest, metal detecting SOB in the country. In reality? I can’t whip my dog’s butt, and hardly get out detecting anymore! But hey online….
Some of the more heated arguments I’ve witnessed lately are really pretty funny. Just one snide remark and all hell breaks loose. Then of course everyone has to take sides. Usually the tekkie with the most friends or better finds wins, and the loser slinks away, determined to get even at a later date. And it will indeed start-up again somewhere down the road.
There are times I resent the internet, social media, Facebook and all the other abba-dabba-do things that we have come to know and depend on. Despite their attributes, they have become a vehicle for fraud, misinformation, self anointed experts (can you say Wally), arguing and one-upmanship. Most likely you have a lot of online friends, but be honest, don’t you also have a few phonies mixed in? Bullshit artists who just want to be top dog, no matter the situation? And almost always their accomplishments are out there for all to observe imagine.
Scratching my bald head a lot lately…
I admit I am the eternal pessimist, and doubting Thomas, but with the influx of participants over the past few years the finds should logically be dwindling, yet the reverse is true. Yeah I know detectors are getting better, going deeper, and you are all getting smarter by the minute, but I have seen way, way too many unbelievable finds on social media, and I have to wonder. Of course there’s no way I can call liar, liar, pants on fire, but I can think it.
Whatever happened to “my” pastime? The thrill of being outdoors, the exercise, the anticipation, the camaraderie…..the simplicity of it all? Today it’s who has the most toys, who can produce the best video, brag the oldest find, garner the most online friends, followers, listeners and responses. The end result? Intense competition, personality clashes, hurt feelings and verbal brawls.
I am not a big fan of treasure hunting 2015, and if your try to change my mind, I will kick your ass (Online that is….)