Episode-157- The View of Survivalism in the Media vs. Reality

The media’s veiw of survivalism and modern survivalist philosophy are greatly disconnected from realtiy.  Join me today as I discuss a recent episode of the T.V. show “Medium” (yes the show sucks I watched it just for you so tune in) where a survivalist was painted as and eccentric killer.

In my view this media bias is actually quite dangerous and could cause a lot of suffering or even cost lives in the future.  Tune in today to get some thoughts on countering this bias, why it is important to do so and how we can reach people who are starting to ask the magical question, “what if”.

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10 Responses to Episode-157- The View of Survivalism in the Media vs. Reality

  1. One could easily compare the media and Hollywood´s coverage of survivalists to that of computer hackers. Both are demonized and written as a negative and narrow stereotype which is usually a polar opposite to reality.

    Survivalists who horde guns, Nazi paraphernalia and cans of beans in a bunker with attached torture chamber. Obese, pimply hackers who dwell in their mother´s basement while stealing passwords and setting NSA servers afire.

    Perhaps we could make a list of pro-survival movies? I have movie nights with friends a few times a month and that could be a good way to get their brains working without coming off as a member of the Tinfoil Hat Squad.

    PS – Medium sucks! Ghost Whisperer FTW!

  2. since most of us here are also geeks by profession as well as modern survivalists. maybe we need a defining point that embodies positive images of both our worlds.

  3. Louisiana Suvivor

    Jack……i’ll never doubt you again. Ants DO attack when you try to take their stuff. There I did it so no one else has to. Great show as ALWAYS!

  4. Modern Survival

    @Louisiana Survivor,

    Thanks, really a great laugh. Excellent final though to go out on as I take another vacation/remote prepping trip.

    No worries though folks there will be a show Wed and Thurs. Sorry about Friday though, no show.

  5. Scott from Oregon

    Oh, here you go Nate, a movie called, “Into The Wild”. It’s a pretty new movie. Check this film out if you haven’t seen it folks. This guy takes off to Alaska, I won’t give anymore out.


    Yeah, Jack. Maybe you should do a podcast on survivalist movies. Maybe both good and bad.

  6. Don from Miami

    Jack, I watched ‘Medium’ last night and ranted to my wife for 20 minutes after it concluded. We listen to your podcast every night before going to bed and had a chuckle when we noted that you has made mention of that pathetic tv program.

    Nate, here’s another: Red Dawn. “Wolverines!”

  7. I wonder what these (ANTI GUN NUTS) would think if they had to live in a country where firearms were banned. Where they could not defend there home or family. I bet after a breakin they will be wishing they were back in the USA and not standing there defenceless while they were getting stabbed 12-15 times. Its sad that it takes shock for some people to realize the value of a firearm and defence GOD BLESS AMERICA

  8. Jack, another good podcast. As to the Canadian Socialist (I wonder who that might be 🙂 )… It is not that people can’t own guns, just that it’s not necessarily a right to have one. That’s all I feel. I do agree that having one and being properly trained to both use and maintain it (a gun) is a wise idea.

  9. I saw the Medium episode too. Usually I enjoy the show, but I was let down by that.

    But there’s no explanation for why the first vision has her husband and daughter searching for food. So in other words, I think they’re trying to tell us something, the end is still near.

  10. In case anyone is interested.. I was a little. You can see the episode on NBC. com for free