Bigfoot Captured Real Or Fake: In a two-hour special titled Breaking History: Bigfoot Captured, which aired last night on The History Channel, the title was presumably chosen because it directly refers to the mission of the program, which is to dispel the notion that an educational channel such as The History Channel might possibly air programs about, oh let me think…history.
Let’s pretend for a moment that I was appointed as the chief director of Hell, the place of endless retribution and pain. This is a completely fictional situation. Among the many levels of Jim’s new and redesigned Hell dimension would be an area dedicated just to television producers who created and broadcasted programming in the vein of Bigfoot Captured.
This is where you’d find the teams behind Mermaids: The Body Found and Megalodon: The New Evidence, as well as others, sharing a pleasant house in a lake of fire among the wailing cries of 10,000 History, Animal Planet, and Discovery Channel executives. That’s the situation I’d want to see play out.
Of course, in the real world, I’m sure I’d be content if everyone involved was just terminated. And, if time permits, he may be thrown into a pilfering pit and pelted with rotting vegetables as punishment.
These programmes, which are instances of so-called “docu-tainment” that have become regular (and great rating triumphs) on networks that have educational goals stated in their mission statements, are emblematic of everything that is wrong with 21st-century media production and distribution.
We should all be ashamed of ourselves for having networks such as the History Channel, Discovery, and Animal Planet deliberately and purposefully instilling lies in the brains of their audiences. There isn’t a better way to put it. The individuals involved should be ashamed of themselves since they are inflicting very real, actual hurt. They should be ashamed of themselves.
They are actively carrying out the exact polar opposite of the proclaimed purpose of their network. There is no difference between knowing that your child’s grade school teacher is teaching your child that we live in a Geocentric world and understanding that this is the case.
“Oh, Jim, come on, it’s only for fun,” you’re probably thinking as you read this indignation. People are well aware that the sasquatch program they’re watching on History Channel is just for amusement purposes alone. “What’s the harm?” you may wonder.
The difficulty is that, no, not everyone is aware that it is a kind of entertainment. And if you’re educated enough to see this, you should also recognize that it’s the impressionable people who are watching who are in the most need of a source they can genuinely trust in order to offer accurate information. These individuals do not need amusement. They need a network that is truly working in their best interests—and, for the record, their best interests include “not holding onto pseudoscientific views that they’ll spread to anybody within hearing,” among other things.