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National Geographic "Diggers" TV show........ (- General)

by JB(MS), Northeast MS, Thursday, March 01, 2012, 20:01 (2276 days ago)
edited by JB(MS), Thursday, March 01, 2012, 20:04

The "Diggers" show that premiered on the National Geographical channel, and the "American Diggers" show on Spike TV, has stirred up a hornets nest, only this time it's not only Archaeologists who are raising hell. A lot of detector uses, including me, are also incensed at the way we are portrayed, at least on the Nat Geo programs. Facebook has at least two new pages dedicated to protesting the shows, and also those of us who use metal detectors. One of the petitions has had over 15,000 signatures within the last couple of days. That's not good for those of us who use detectors, or those who make detectors. Especially for Garrett, at least in the long run, as they evidently were major sponsors and provided AT Pro detectors to be used in the Nat Geo "Diggers" show.

I watched the first episode and it was ridiculous. Not only were the two "diggers" childish in the way they talked and acted, the show was evidently about who could make finds with the most monetary value. The prices they assigned to the objects they found were highly inflated, an example was an empty toothpaste tube they valued at $5.00. They also dug huge holes, and although I'm sure they filled them nothing was said or shown to that effect and no code of ethics was mentioned. The shows, especially the Nat Geo show, can only hurt those of us who detect as a hobby. Actually, it already has as the archaeologists are up in arms about it, and you can bet they'll use it to push for more and tougher restrictions. There's currently a bill in the Florida legislature that, if passed, will virtually outlaw detecting in the state, and without doubt those shows will be used by the proponents of the bill to try to get it passed.

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