… has the Discovery Channel gotten a bit Geologic lately? Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve actually had time to watch TV this week, and the class blog has been on my mind, but leave it to the Media Studies major to see trends in television.
Anyway, what really caught my attention is their newest reality-tv-meets-real-world series, Gold Rush Alaska.
The show’s summary talks about how the economy is down and these six men think that risking everything to go to Alaska to look for gold will solve all their problems.
My question is, why Alaska? We know there is oil there– that’s been a hot debate for as long as I can remember. Destroy wildlife and continue guzzling oil or leave it there and let the wildlife prosper?
Anyway, what evidence is there of gold in Alaska? Google?
So, right around the turn of the century, the gold rush hit Alaska. Valdez, Alaska, to be specific… In the southern portion of Alaska, centrally located on the coast, not really East or West.
The show is to take place at Porcupine Creek, AK, in the southeast region of the state.
WHOA hold the press. Upon browsing the show’s website further, I just found that $250 billion worth of gold is estimated to be undiscovered in Alaska. How come no one hears about these things? I would have thought resources would have been exhausted to get to that gold.
Listen to this: “The mystique of Alaska draws Todd to the Porcupine Creek claim in southeastern Alaska where his father Jack mined for three seasons in the 1980s before he nearly went bankrupt.” Red flags, anyone?
Apparently, gold discoveries have been on the uprise in the region in the last few decades, which sparked the new reality show star’s interest.
I’m interested to see how this plays out, but I feel like this show is going to be as interesting as Ice Road Truckers, Swamp Loggers, Deadliest Catch, and all those other shows that cash out on the land for more than just natural resources.