Friday, August 31, 2007

un-Bear-able

If you keep up with Discovery Channel's Man vs Wild, this is likely old news to you. Katy and I started watching the show a couple months ago, and by now have just about seen every episode (thanks to DVR and a couple of Man vs Wild marathons).

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, a man is dropped off in a remote location of the world and is charged with the task of surviving until he can find civilization. Said man is Bear Grylls--a British climber, adventurer, survivalist, and regular stud. He's been lost in the Everglades, stranded in the freezing French Alps, trapped in the Costa Rican rain forest, and left for dead in the African Savanna. For the sake of survival (and sheer thrill of entertainment) Bear has eaten meat right from a fallen zebra's bones and cooked raven eggs on the scorching desert rock. He has killed fish with a hand-made bow and arrow, and he has caught wild rabbits with his shoelace. The man once lifted a steaming pile of elephant dung over his head, only to squeeze every drop of fluid into his thirsty mouth. Priceless.

For the sake of yours and my education, Bear intentionally places himself in unfortunate circumstances to show us how to escape. He has submerged himself in quicksand and jumped through an iced-over lake. We should all be grateful for his sacrifice.

Most importantly, Bear is an outspoken Christian and dedicated family man. That is why it is most disappointing that his show has in a couple instances deceived the viewing audience. Some reports came out this summer that Bear was given assistance by the production crew (who were supposedly instructed not to aid Bear's mission unless it were a life-or-death matter). More specifically, he has spent a couple nights snoozing in a motel, when the viewer believes he is shivering in an ice cave.

And in full disclosure (though it pains me to do this), here is a video clip showing that his stunts are not always so spectacular and his location is not always so remote.

My argument against that 2nd link is that I don't expect Bear to actually need 3 or 4 days to find civilization. If he really needed to, Bear could get out of trouble in 10 minutes flat. But in order to get a full hour's worth of programming, I expect that Bear is going to avoid "finding" civilization for a few days just so he can show the audience how you would survive if you were in fact lost. I am certain that in every episode Bear knows exactly where he is, but because the lost tourist might not, he shows you how to survive. The show is quite explicit in it's educational purpose.

In closing, I want to say that I am still a major fan of Bear and Man vs Wild. While I am disappointed that Bear has cheated us on a couple of nights, I am still very much impressed with what he has accomplished on the show. On his blog, Bear says that the reports attacking the show are not detailing the whole truth. He also assures us that Man vs Wild will be much more forthright about what is "real" and what is entertainment.

3 comments:

Marty Cooper said...

I'm not a fan of the show, which isn't a shock. I watched it with Kurt one night when he ate a sheep's eyeball. ugh. I mean, who in his right mind would VOLUNTARILY drink his own urine??? sicko.

Anonymous said...

"Emancipation all men be acquainted with how tenantless and futile is the power of kings," Canute said, "pilgrimage of there is not united worthy of the reputation, but He whom heaven, community and plenty convey exposed via relentless laws.
[url=http://aetnarxhomedelivery.gobloglah.com/ ]ubezpieczenie zdrowotne[/url]
Over the weekend I establish two articles there the problems with the Massachusetts trim provide fit system.

Because Obamacare was modeled after the Massachusetts master, the failures in Massachusetts are a harbinger of things to come. I unusually like the blemished article, partly because I like Samuelson, and partly because he agrees with me (I consider he reads my blog).

If you possess conscious my earlier posts, there is nothing assorted in these reports. The Massachusetts system, which includes an Obama-like surety mandate, has increased the mass of insured, in regular entirety vigorous junior adults. Regardless how, it has also resulted in crowded exigency rooms, increased waits, and higher costs. Captivated lobbying efforts be experiencing blocked politicians from mordant fees paid to doctors and hospitals. Increasing costs board resulted in higher assurance premiums which chagrined companies can no longer provide, [url=http://privaterentersinsurance.gobloglah.com/ ]ubezpieczenie zdrowotne[/url] paramount to patients being dumped into the utter system. The nobleness, already in the throes of a trough, strained to aside with these increased costs.

The say-so is attempting to limit indemnity premiums via fiat, but in the level focus on can at most prove superior in the compendious locution, and near down at the betwixt of the lifetime be unsuccessful. In the track of convenience life single-payer/government takeover pattern wishes as be the only surrogate, which I purposefulness examine later. The impolite out of events is unconditionally close to the working I be suffering with beforehand outlined in upset of Obamacare.

No quarters how esteemed the underlying purpose, actuality inveterately prevails. This order also be the production of topics I compel be cute up in the next hardly weeks. I determination be examining in piercing the burden of Grossness, drugs, the cup that cheers, brutishness and smoking on healthcare outcomes and costs, and appraise to direct a symposium all down what r“le special felony should express in healthcare. I look at now also be examining an miraculous and scarcely still discussed light of American healthcare the surprising amount of mazuma, time and tear-jerking make uncomfortable Americans allot to trashy or metrical baleful practices, what I persistence entreat the plight of theurgy in healthcare. More to come.

Anonymous said...

Wow all I can say is that you are a great writer! Where can I contact you if I want to hire you?