Doomsday Preppers (a NatGeo TV Show airing Tuesdays at 9 PM ET) generally gets a bad wrap from most of the Prepper community, and for good reason. For those who don’t know what the prepper movement is all about, identifying yourself to a new acquaintance as a “prepper” is akin to saying “Hello, I might be a bit crazy” after watching the show!
After all, I reflect on some of the other shows I occasionally watch about “reality” such as Deadliest Catch or Bearing Sea Gold (both from Discovery Channel) and I sometimes wonder about these people, their choose profession, whether life is really like that or are they just putting on for the camera. I now wonder if any of the “normal” people who perform these particular professions are anything like what I see on tv.
Anyway, I can only imagine the opinions formed by everyday folks regarding preppers as a result of this very tv show. I would suspect it’s not very flattering. But, does that mean the show is all bad? From my own experiences I would suggest not. In fact, it might have far-reaching positive effects.
Perhaps it’s just because my friends and family know that I’m “into prepping” do I get the inevitable question: “Have you seen the new show Doomday Preppers?” Does a horse drink water! Uhhmmm… yeah!
The very next thing out of my mouth is twofold: (1) I’m jealous and (2) we’re not ALL like that. Of course, a lot of it has to do with how the producers and directors choose to portray the people involved.
For example, asking them to state precisely what disaster they’re preparing for is just for hyped effect. I would think that most of these people may fear one disaster over another but they’re really preparing for many possibilities. And, it should go without saying that the folks over at NatGeo are purposely searching out the most eccentric of preppers they can find and then over-emphasizing specific aspects of their preparations for greater “shock” value to the audience. That’s just good tv!
I recognize this (as do most preppers I would assume) but the problem is that the typical audience probably does not. Having said that, I’m beginning to see people (friends and family) talk with me more about preparedness AS A DIRECT RESULT of this tv show. It’s this opportunity that I take to redirect their focus from visions of underground bunkers to more practical aspects such as having a full food pantry and a few flashlights with working batteries!
I”ve also noticed people questioning their general view of reality more. They’re beginning to see that the grocery store might not always have food around, the lights really could go out for more than a few hours, and water might have to come from somewhere other than their water pipes.
As much as I understand the distaste among honest preppers for this tv show, I also recognize the potential good that can come from it. It’s the good in Doomsday Preppers we must seize upon.