The Effects of Media on Prepping
Recently, we here at SHTFblog.com were contacted by the folks at National Geographic regarding a “Blog Carnival” they were hosting to promote their new two hour movie “American Blackout” and the new season of “Doomsday Preppers“. The question they submitted for us to run with was this: “Judging from recent apocalyptic films This is the End and World War Z to ‘what if’ disaster shows like NBC’s Revolution or Nat Geo Channel’s upcoming American Blackout, to reality fare like Doomsday Preppers, it’s safe to say that the “end of the world as we know it” is on everyone’s mind. But what effect have TV shows and films like these had on the prepping movement?”
From NGC’s American Blackout: The father of the Prepper group in Ohio with his supplies in the underground bunker. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/ Stewart Volland)
First off, it’s a tad bit, well, ironic that they’ve asked us about this, since we are probably the only SHTF site where none of the contributors watch much in the way of TV (not that the NatGeo folks knew that, of course.). Movies, yes; TV, not so much. But we have seen our share of these shows from time to time…enough to get the shorthand version of what’s offered out there. I believe that the “prepping movement” is depicted somewhat differently via these two mediums: one leaning towards the short burst of lunacy and wackiness that keeps your attention through commercial breaks, the other showing more “prepared” people who aren’t afraid to machine-gun a squirrel and throw in an explosion or two, since the special effects budget can swing it. Of course, the way preppers as people are shown in TV and movies run the gamut from a bumbling boob who forgets to pack a can opener in his bomb shelter full of canned goods, all the way to psychotic, violence-craving lunatics who would give Gary Busey on PCP a case of the heebie-jeebies. But how does all of this effect our personal decisions, how does it steer how we prepare for the worst, if it does at all?