-guess the low spot of all was when Dakota Fred dug himself so deep in the melting gravel bank that he couldn't even swing the backhoe---
Mr. Mercat watches some of them because he loves nothing better than taking a chain saw and cutting up stuff. He also likes plumbing work but I don’t think that there’s a reality show about plumbers. Maybe there should be. I don’t like the bleeping. He has not watch DD. I don’t know why.
Hanson need not look outside of the offices of NR to find Americanus Pussus.
The attraction to these shows is the glimpse into the lives of REAL MEN.
No metro-sexuals on these shows.
They are SELF-SUFFICIENT.
They do real work.
And you don’t find some government agency trying to make work conditions easier for women!!!!!!
Same here. I especially enjoy "Ice Road Truckers" and its spinoff, the show where they drive the world's most dangerous roads.
I will say, though, that I can't stand "Call of the Wildman." I think I lose I.Q. points just by watching the commercials for that show.
They are scripted because if they showed what actually goes on in these types of jobs the viewers would probably nasty their drawers and the government types would be on their way to the job to shut down the work because pretty every job of this sort can not be done by the rule book. I is impossible to not break regulations dreamed up by people with no experience in the real world. Paper pushers, bean counters, and other assorted useless folk whose goal in life is to put out of business anyone who would attempt to pull himself up by his bootstraps and make a financial success of his life.
I hear all the time the lament, bring back American jobs, like we, inherited them and therefore own them, got news for ya, we didn’t and we don’t. They were ours as long as we earned them by the sweat of our brow, and we could do them cheaper and with higher quality. We are no longer a nation of builders or creators, but a nation of whiners.
Rough men and women built this country and until we become like them we will be losers on the financial battleground.
Where come from anybody with more then 4 teeth is considered a showoff and is trying to be ‘above his raisin’, but when the shtf you would be wise to have him at your side.
Just occurred to me: The lefty-loony producers, much like those of “All in the Family,” conceived the show with the sole aim of mocking traditional, male, pro-American values-— and failed.
Like All in the Family, the people warmly embrace the people and values that the lefty-loony identify for scorn and elitist derision, thereby, inadvertently making the show a popular success.
As people say: “Even a blind squirrel. . .”
“in an office where most Americans work”
I disagree with that.
There is nothing real about “reality tv”...anyone who believes otherwise is completely media ignorant.
This is a terrific essay. VDH is the man.
Yes, these shows are scripted to some extent, but they are about real Americans doing very interesting American things, with real American values, real American humor, and real American pathos; the very antithesis of bogus Hollyweird excrement.