Mar 22, 2012, 02:46 PM
Is Diggers in trouble already?
Sounds like the media hounds are already questioning the show's credibility and character? What do you think of the latest controversy surrounding the lack of evidence in the $20'000 profit claim?
Mar 22, 2012, 02:49 PM
I think between these two shows, and the hard headed archaeology community, and the already BS laws out there I am about ready to sell my pretty much brand new detector and try another hobby. I always try to read up on a hobby before I get into it, and I either didn't read enough, or I got in during a quiet spell, because I would have never bought my detector if I knew about it all.
Mar 22, 2012, 03:02 PM
Got a link to the latest stuff?
Mar 22, 2012, 03:02 PM
Yep...certainly not something that get's put out there with all the hype and glory stuff. But all of this exposure was destined to cause this type of controversy, and more. You could see it all coming long before the actual airing of these shows.
Originally Posted by Twisted One
Mar 22, 2012, 03:08 PM
Won't let me copy and past the link.....but it was on my homepage newspage just a bit ago. Shouldn't be too hard to fiind with a bit of searching. Apparently the media is "suspicious" of the claim. Try this link?
Originally Posted by lostcauses
Last edited by bigscoop; Mar 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM.
Mar 22, 2012, 03:14 PM
Most of the 'reality shows' on spike seem to be actors and such at staged events, and made to look like a reality show.
Also you link allowed me to view the video.
Mar 22, 2012, 03:21 PM
In the icons above the space for reply is on for adding links. Four from the right side I think. Mouse over will tell you what the icons are.
Mar 22, 2012, 03:23 PM
After the show ended I e-mailed Spike TV and told them the show was a big setback for detectorist everywhere. Instead of promoting the hobby they are blowing stuff up and after seeing them do this and make fires while howling like a wolf will make sure the public lets no one detect on thier property.
I thought "COOL" finally a metal detecting show, now I think they need to do something, anything to promote the hobby.
People watching are running out to buy detectors thinking they will make a ton of money finding stuff, ads are already on Craigslist under the wanted section.
Mar 22, 2012, 03:44 PM
The report button is the little triangle with ! in it at the bottom of the profile of the user. Left hand side bottom of the post.. Spammers already..
And the value of a saw and junk was how much Damn I need them fool folks purchasing.. Yep I can see why such questions.
Mar 22, 2012, 04:06 PM
Originally Posted by bigscoop
The $20K sales they brag about at the end surprised me. Frankly, I don't believe it but YMMV.
As for the program itself, I thought it was awful. My darlin' wife, who does not share my enthusiasm for detecting, watched the AD premier with me. I was embarrassed. With Rex trying his best (and failing badly and laughably) to cram some momentary scripted excitement into the episode (the trap, proclaiming his god-status to the flames, negotiating the sale of the items we did see and so forth), how could I explain to her that my detecting experiences aren't exactly like that?
We lived in Anchorage for 5+ years in the early '90s and Girdwood is a ski area and an old gold mining area not far from there, just down the Turnagain Arm. They were MDing after the first snow. This just in: It snows in Alaska in the fall, winter and spring. So why not film when the weather is nice, like in the summer? Sure, you can detect through the snow but do you really want to thaw out a tiny patch of ground in order to do it? I guess it provided some meaningless program minutes but it didn't add to my enjoyment of the program. In fact, nothing did.
The show's ExecVP says it's not like they were digging the pyramids. No, it's not, and I don't have anything against respectful detecting anywhere it's allowed so I don't object to the show or players on principle. I enjoy detecting and I enjoy reading about it and I might even enjoy a decent program about it. However, it isn't a mainstream hobby, it's not a bigger-than-life activity and this silly attempt to dramatize it isn't going to make it one. The only thing I recognized was finding the bottle cap but I didn't notice them digging up any zincs. Their historical references are also questionable at best. Sure, the pan (or whatever) could have come up and over the Chilkoot Pass (really?) but the prospector would have had to have been either lost or a tourist. It's not like it's on the direct route to Girdwood. Hey, Rex, Girdwood isn't in the Yukon.
This show is going to tarnish all of us as greed-head digger wannabes and the result is going to be more restrictions on our hobby. The clip of the back-hoe is going to make sure of that. Thanks a bunch, Spike.
Mar 22, 2012, 04:10 PM
In my opinion we have already been labeled as multiple bad things, this is why so many laws are already in place restricting our hobby. These show will most likely make it worse. Funny thing is, people were commenting on how many new people are going to go out an buy detectors, then end up selling them after a couple weekends of failures. In reality I think you are going to see quite a few old timers putting their stuff for sale too.
As far as laws go Bigscoop, you are right Florida tried to slip that most recent one through, but thanks to some people paying attention it was fought and believed to have been beaten down. Sadly it is only one of most likely dozens of them being pushed through unnoticed.
Mar 22, 2012, 04:12 PM
Honestly to me these shows are a joke, and a bad one at that. Almost embarrassed to ask for permission now to anyone that has seen these. Ant the acronym's.....dont get me started lol
Mar 22, 2012, 04:17 PM
Of course if you show up at someones door with a camera crew and a pickup truck loaded with digging equipment they will say NO. The reason why so many laws have been enacted is because some of us deserve it. I have witnessed so many people not filling in holes, or taking their trash with them. What about people going out at night sneaking on a battlefield? If items we found were worthless, would we still enjoy the hobby? I would!!!
Mar 22, 2012, 04:37 PM
besides the idiot screaming, the whole thing is junky. must've been hired by anti-detectorists. nuff said
Mar 22, 2012, 04:58 PM
i've seen diggers a couple times and i won't watch anymore. they are douche's. i also watch meteorite men, it's interesting but that fat guy walks too fast and when he swings his detector it is a foot high at the end of the swing. it arcs like a pedilum, i curse every time. i would'nt detect with any of them.
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