No doubt I am playing right field when it comes to treasure hunting today, in particular its presence and narrative on social media. Understand now the mere fact of aging plays a part as does the inherent need to say “y’all don’t know what you are talking about” and/or “when I started out”…. Previous updates will verify that I am diabolically opposed to all things new and experimental and that includes owners manuals longer than four pages. You see if they weren’t needed for me to find good things early on they sure aren’t now. So there, we’ve gotten that out-of-the-way. Now let me go on…
The term ‘social media’ is really an oxymoron. Socializing is getting together, in person, face to face, bad breath to bad breath, rubbing elbows and enjoying all things ‘touchable’ (and I mean finds). Online we’re all friends, pals and buddies, or at least we are until someone contradicts or insults you and then all hell breaks loose. Online you can also be king of the hill, garner hundreds of previously ‘unknown’ friends (thousands if you happen to be a gal) and go to bed thinking you are the next coming of Mel Fisher.
Social media’s also been a big reason metal detecting clubs are falling by the wayside. These groups, once the backbone of our hobby, struggle month to month to stay together. Used to be club meetings were something to look forward to… a time to share and learn. Today all that’s accomplished on a laptop, by a tekkie wearing jockey shorts and holding a can of Bud Lite.
The other day I came across the following FMDAC photo taken in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in the late 80’s. Note the number of clubs at the top of the display. The number of clubs in the Federation today? SIX!
I love social media…really. It’s a great way to get answers, touch base with old friends and a quick way to get a message out. Just ask the manufacturers! I do however miss the interpersonal aspect, the back and forth over a cup of coffee. On social media you can say anything and whose to question? Post a photo and whose to say it’s yours? Everyday I see things that make me laugh and shake my head, but hey in cyberspace it’s always open season when it comes to bullshit.
There are a number of very good detecting websites out there but they don’t attract a lot of viewers because they don’t have forums or lean heavily on videos, or photos. They’re good because they’re well written, updated on a regular basis and offer useful and informative material. The majority of diggers however are on Facebook or a forum doing a show and tell and working hard to become king of the hill.
Okay, that’s all the ranting I have in me today. It’s raining like hell here but y’all have a great weekend and get out there and find good stuff. Just remember not to post the same photo of that half-dollar you shared fives times before because if you do “I’ll kick your ass Al” will be on your case.
Stay tuned….Q & A interviews with Chicago Ron and Jim Fielding coming soon