Doomsday Preppers: The Musical

April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Boom goes the dynamite

Oh hey, I’ve written a thing on zee Modern Primate about Doomsday Preppers, a show that is weird but not for the reasons one might expect. Snippet below, full article here!

I agree that the producers are playing a ratings game, and agree that the show frames the majority of Preppers as the worst kinds of wingnut. But unlike Burns, I was taken aback not by the politics attributed to the featured Preppers, but to the politics not attributed. In fact, and in a highly surprising move, the producers have edited out or otherwise silenced all overt political messages. For example, the President is never mentioned by name, and neither are his policies—odd, considering the fact that the Preppers’ basic argument is that the country is on the brink of “economic collapse,” presumably as a result of….you know, something, though they never explain exactly what.

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