According to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, her current TLC network TV show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska" consists of "...eight episodes documenting Alaska's resources, what it is that we can contribute to the rest of U.S. to economically and physically secure our union, and my family comes along for the ride because I am family, family is us, and my family comes along on the ride to document these eight episodes for The Learning Channel...."
Ah...I don't think so, Governor, this show is falling woefully short of the expectations you so grandly laid out, when promoting this series.
Maybe it's me, but after 5 episodes, I have not gleaned one iota of new, inspiring, educational, enlightening or useful information about our 49th state. But then again, I'm old school. I don't tweet or twitter, I barely use Facebook and I tend to look at things as they are, not what they should or were intended to be. Perhaps I just don't get the "new" media or it's message.
Maybe it's me, bit I'm missing how going camping with "famous for no real reason" Kate Gosselin and her eight children, is the serious minded subject matter publicity addicted Palin was selling prior to the show's airing.
Maybe it's me, but how was Sarah going on a hunting trip with Dad, to shoot caribou, anywhere near enlightening about the state this propaganda program is alleged to be about? Since the caribou gave it's life for the sake of Palin's ratings, you'd think we could have learned a few things about the species before it was slain to exploit Sarah's outdoorsy image.
Maybe it's me, but how is watching Sarah go rock climbing to overcome an apparent fear of heights, enlighten us as to the wonderful resources Alaska has to offer?
Maybe it's me, but how does watching the Palin's go fishing and to a family re-union, educate the nation of the resources Alsaka has to offer and show us how, as Mama Grizzly contends, Alaska can physically secure our nation? (What exactly does that mean?)
Perhaps Sarah is such a master practitioner of the new media, we are supposed to get the benefits of Alaska's message subliminally, while being visually distracted with the lame, boring and self-promoting nonsense on which the show focuses. Well, I have three episodes left to get my act together and grasp the suble greatness of this show.
Meanwhile, the tabloid aspects of last weeks show, which saw the Mama Kate and Mama Grizzly go camping was enough to give the the show a slight ratings bump. Early numbers indicate Kate's miserable camping experince was good for little more than a 10% bounce in the ratings, with some 3.1 Million viewers tuning in, up from the previous week's 2.8 million.
Adam Buckman of Fancast recaps the episode for those otherwise occupied Sunday evening, with more pressing matters, than tuning into to a reality-vanity show:
"And though they never had to fire on any wildlife, nearly the entire first half of the one-hour episode was devoted to Sarah and Kate receiving instruction in how to defend their broods from bears, which were supposedly numerous in the area in which they were due to camp (though none were seen).
The anti-bear prep program included a trip to a gun shop (which Sarah called her father’s “second home”) and a lesson with an expert in bear defense who had the ladies firing various shotguns at bear targets. Sarah loved this activity; predictably, Kate did not.
“Out in this territory, anything can happen, but it’s nothing my shotgun can’t handle,” said Sarah, sounding like some kind of Annie Oakley figure from the period in history in which “territories” preceded “states.” (For the record, Alaska became a state – the 49th – in January 1959.)
Next week on ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ the Palins pack a ton of outdoor fun into one hour – racing ATVs, firing guns, whitewater rafting and “mushing” (that’s sledding with a team of dogs)."
Thanks, Mr. Buckman, that bold faced fact highlighted above is probably one of the only facts people might learn about Alaska...and they didn't even learn it from the show.