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Friday, April 15th, 2016


Wendur, 1886-07-09
Historic New England, Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection
GUSN 276943

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Heh. I’m not sure if it’s intended to be hilarious or not, but…

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Heh. I’m not sure if it’s intended to be hilarious or not, but I’ll take it.

I think this was the show I saw a bit of a few years ago (if it wasn’t this one it was essentially the same thing) where they were in a creepy old house at night ghost-hunting. And at one point they captured a horrifying sound.

“Dude! Did you hear that? Did you hear that? It was the ghost! I think I got it on tape!”

Followed by multiple playbacks, tightly cropped close-ups of their excited night-vision faces, and dramatic music. Like, that was the climax of the episode.

The sound was also unmistakably the scream of a hunting barn owl. We used to hear them all the time until we lost some of the big trees in our neighborhood where they liked to roost.

There were some other low-grade reality shows that my son, especially, was really into that I used to catch from time to time. Call of the Wild Man (with “Turtleman” Ernie Brown, Jr.) was similarly fun.

I think it’s probably useful training for a modern media consumer to watch some low-budget reality shows. The high-end shows do the same sorts of things in terms of constructing deceptive (but entertaining) narratives with staging and editing, but it’s much more obvious when it’s a couple of guys with a camcorder, as opposed to some high-end product like Deadliest Catch or Project Runway.

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