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September 30, 2013

Naked, But Not Afraid Enough

By David E. Petzal

"Naked and Afraid," which ran on the Discovery Channel this summer, was a major ratings success. If you're one of the 8 adult men in the U.S. who didn't watch at least one episode, the format was this: The show stranded a naked man and a naked woman in a remote s**thole for 21 days to see if they could tough it out with only one tool apiece (tool as in knife, or machete). Both people were previously screened for survival skills and given a rating on a scale of 1 to 10.

The real attraction of the show was, of course, not to see whether somebody could light a fire in a rainstorm in the jungle with a bow drill, but whether you could see nasty bits. The answer was no. Discovery Channel pixeled out the nasty bits. You didn't see much more than you would on any public beach.

Aside from the phony nudity, I found myself struck by two things: the amount of whining that went on, and the fact that the men appeared to have psychological problems which they hadn't resolved very well, if at all. I was surprised there were no fights, or at least a stabbing or two.

As survivalists, everyone seemed reasonably competent under the circumstances, and at the end of the program, we were informed how much weight they had lost (20 to 30 pounds, in most cases) and what their new skill rating was.

This is all silly and good fun, but it has a thread in common with all the "survival" shows—the danger to the participants is completely phony.

In the course of the show, one man developed an infection from a thorn in his foot. When it got bad enough, he was taken to a doctor.

Another one drank water that he knew was probably unsafe, got sick as a dog, and went to the hospital. His female partner became depressed, alone in the yowling wilderness, and was allowed to quit before her 21 days were up.

In real life, the guy with the thorn in his foot would have eventually developed septicemia and died. The man who drank tainted water would probably have gone under and his partner, instead of being helicoptered out, would have gone mad from terror and loneliness and followed him into the next world.

"Naked and Afraid" will, I understand, be back for a second season. If it's not already in the can, as they say in show biz, I have a couple of suggestions. First, drop the pixels. The nation is ready. After the shock of the first show wears off, people will accept true nudity without a second thought. Second, alter the format so that the participants actually die if they screw up. If the pay is good enough, I'm sure that plenty of people will still sign up. No emergency trips to the doctor, no quit slip because you're unhappy. Life or death, for real.

With these changes "Naked and Afraid" would be bigger than "I Love Lucy" and "Gunsmoke" combined, and I will probably not get a bit of credit.

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from buckhunter wrote 28 weeks 22 hours ago

I love the look on the woman's face. It's the same look I get when I wear my muddy boots in the house.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 21 hours ago

The only thing that's real about reality shows is just how really stupid people can be to watch that crap. At least World Wrestling Federation makes no bones about being a phony circus act. And sure there's going to be a lot of whining on those things. What do you think the folks tune in to see? Happy people? Folks who are adjusted and can adjust? Pfffft! How "really" uninteresting that would be.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 21 hours ago

And if those chicks lost 20-30 lbs during the course of this farce and still managed to keep breathing, I don't think I would have wanted to see them in the buff. Not on the first couple of episodes. At that point probably too much sagging flesh to see anything tantalizing anyway.

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from horseman308 wrote 28 weeks 20 hours ago

One of my coworker's former colleagues was actually a psychological consultant for these shows tasked with screening out "normal" people and picking people with psychological issues that would make for good "drama." I always thought it was a joke, but apparently, they really do some of that.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 28 weeks 20 hours ago

Why do you want to be able to see their "nasty bits" DEP, are you a pervert or something?

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from MReeder wrote 28 weeks 19 hours ago

As someone who spent a sadly large proportion of my adult life working in television news, let me assure anyone with doubts that absolutely nothing channeled through a TV screen is "reality." The mere act of pointing a camera at anyone or anything distorts reality. That's what Marshall McLuhan meant when he said years ago that, "The media is the message." People do not act the same if they know they're facing a camera. The nature of the medium itself requires that you adjust the lighting, depth of field and focus of a scene. The time limits require that everything be edited, which may well be the greatest distortion of all, and the final product always reflects the subjective views of the camera man, the writer, the director and the producer. It's like the admonition in "Usual Suspects" when Kevin Spacie says, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist"." In the case of television, the greatest lie the public was ever convinced to swallow was that television presents anything more than a distorted view of reality. Alice had a more clear-eyed view of the world when she peered through the looking glass.
Television doesn't just play to the lowest common denominator; it lowers it with every broadcast. It is the modern equivalent of the Roman coliseum. It wasn't real combat even though people died, but it did keep the mob sated and distracted while their country was being plundered by its emperor.
Incidentally, I'm one of the eight male people in the country that has never watched "Naked But Not Afraid." At this stage of my life I've already waved goodbye to too many brain cells to risk the few working ones left by subjecting myself to that kind of mental erosion. But I do watch all the re-runs of "Gunsmoke," "Life and Times of Wyatt Earp," and "Lawman" on the Western Channel. The neat thing is that every lead actor on those shows was a WWII combat veteran who could have survived 21 days of being stranded on an island without whining once or doing something as stupid as drinking unboiled water. There were more real men on those fictional 1950s programs than you'll ever find on modern reality TV. What real man would ever agree to appear in public without his drawers?

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from FirstBubba wrote 28 weeks 19 hours ago

With me and MReeder, you've now found 2 of the 8 men who never watched an episode.
When I want to see a "reality" show, I'll head over to Wally World and watch the mass of disheveled humanity that shuffles in and out the door, thinking they are saving money.

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from NHshtr wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

3 of 8!
The promos never made the series seem interesting enough to watch.

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from Tim Platt wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

We've already found half of the 8 men that have never watched it. If they were really nude and really had a chance of dieing, I would quit watching Encore Westerns... maybe even football. Still going to Wally World, it's the only way to prove my theory of de-evolution.

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from 99explorer wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

Make that five of the eight.
I never heard of it.

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from omarfishesalot wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

6 of 8 and I plan on staying that way, I was much like 99explorer and now I wont even watch a commercial for it.

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from Mark-1 wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

Never knew the show existed. I'm seven of eight.

Whoa. Isn't that a StarTrek character?

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from Safado wrote 28 weeks 17 hours ago

8 of 8.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 28 weeks 17 hours ago

I have a better idea, don't even tune in, ignore them and let the ratings speak.
I haven't spent a second on reality tv especially the fat ass Kardaciens, excuse the spelling. jmo

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from crm3006 wrote 28 weeks 16 hours ago

9 out of 8. I never heard of that show, and now that I have, will try hard to forget it. TV seems to have sunk to the depth of whale feces on the bottom of the ocean.

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from 5280Shooter wrote 28 weeks 15 hours ago

Yep, I caught a few minutes of a couple of shows. When my kids yelled 'hey dad, we are watching a show with naked people out in the wilderness'... I had to check it out. I won't comment on the fellas because I'm not qualified, but the women were not exactly Kate Upton with all due respect so I was kinda happy those nasty bits were kept under cover. My main thought on the guys was what big wimps they were... no real men around. On one show I remember the lady for the most part saved them both by catching lobster in a homemade trap while the guy just laid around feeling sorry for himself and babbling on. So, let's get some hotties in there and throw them together with some tough guys who know what they are doing and see what happens.

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from JohnR wrote 28 weeks 15 hours ago

10 out of 8; never heard of it!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 14 hours ago

Hmmm. Look carefully at the above photo. Just how does a guy surviving with nothing in the wilderness wind up with such wonderfully clipped, combed, and gelled hair? Perhaps the same folks producing this series also directed the photo shoots for Cabela's fall waterfowl catalog?

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 28 weeks 14 hours ago

I don't get the reason for the show; Maybe "LOST and clothed?" OR "I'm shoeless and lost?" Either way, it's a dumb show to me that makes no sense at all! UNLESS, they try DP's suggestions??

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from Fruguy101 wrote 28 weeks 12 hours ago

The guy from Dual Survival who walks barefoot all the time is a better show of how to treat the wilderness barefoot. Slow and cautious, even after years of walking barefoot.

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from Troutmaster77 wrote 28 weeks 9 hours ago

1,000,000/8. Why would you want to see people's private parts unsensored? That is called PORNOGRAPHY. This article has lost my faith in Field & Stream online.

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from RJ Arena wrote 28 weeks 5 hours ago

silly nonsense.

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from TED FORD wrote 28 weeks 5 hours ago

"pixeled out"?Pixel is now a verb?

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from Carl Huber wrote 28 weeks 5 hours ago

I have heard of it BUT was never so bored with nothing better to do than I watched it. It is just another addition to the long line of Reality Shows that have nothing to do with Reality.
Television has become nothing more than soft p@rn. Even with P@rography the only thing entertaining is the title. IE. "Pulp Friction"--"Shaving Ryan's Privates"--"White Men Can't Hump". The list goes on. Why pay to watch something you would rather do yourself!
My wife a good women corralled me into watching the Jersey Shore". All I did was pray to God that it would be canceled. Sandy Struck and God got Biblical on the wrong Jersey Shore.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 4 hours ago

Troutmaster, there's a difference between po.rn and nudity. Po.rn involves vulgar acts. Nudity is simply showing the human body without clothes on. This show may be tasteless and stupid but from what I gather it's not po.rnographic. I now don't have TV of any sort so count me on the list of those who haven't seen it.

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from tom warner wrote 28 weeks 4 hours ago

I stopped watching almost all commercial TV as far back as the 50's. Many comic books are on a higher intellectual level. I find it horrifying that so many otherwise supposedly bright people subject themselves to this crap, not to mention the commercials, which are aimed at halfwits and would keep me away from the TV set all by themselves. "Reality" TV? Please! Television in general(but not all)has been a cultural disaster for America. We'd all have been better off without it. I suppose these sentiments reveal me as a dinosaur, but if so, I am proud of it.

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from Gary Devine wrote 28 weeks 3 hours ago

There is one thing that is not phony or fake on your television.

Sports, like National Football League, College football or Major League baseball just to name a few.

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from bluegrass45 wrote 28 weeks 2 hours ago

MReeder absolutely nails it. Television has done more to erode and lower the Western world's standards of intelligence and morality than any tactic ever dreamed of by Lenin or Antonio Gramsci in the '20s.

"Television doesn't just play to the lowest common denominator; it lowers it with every broadcast." Yowsir.

Like tom warner, I haven't owned a television since the '60s.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 1 hour ago

I see the editors took out the photo with the gelled hairdo dude and replaced it with a couple doubling as swine in a wallow. Hmmmm.

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from Douglas wrote 28 weeks 1 hour ago

I do not subscribe to network tv. I get Netflix disks and watch tripe such as Boardwalk Empire and Hell on Wheels.
Lots of neat guns on those shows.
I might watch a couple of episodes of Naked and Alone if it featured Miss Kitty.

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from SL wrote 28 weeks 1 hour ago

"There is one thing that is not phony or fake on your television.
Sports, like National Football League, College football or Major League baseball just to name a few."

Best post so far. The same guys who will condemn TV for brainwashing, being immoral, left-wing, etc. will sit by their TV sets all day on the weekends watching hours upon hours of sports. Like professional sports stimulates the mind any better?? LOL

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from meruhl wrote 28 weeks 43 min ago

Never heard of the show until I noticed this post in my RSS feed. I'm really disappointed by your impression of your readership. The notion that we're all just a bunch of beer slobs only contributes to the further decay of society. Deleting your RSS feed now.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 28 weeks 27 min ago

I don't recall what the first image looked like Ontario, but maybe the reason his hair was fixed was because they were just starting out.

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from poetwild wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

I'll admit to watching a couple of episodes. I think the contestants should have worn loincloths, camo g-strings or kilts. The idea of being stuck w/o any clothing is preposterous. Not very likely situation.

The other thing to provide any "reality" would to place the participants in the northern boreal forest in late October or early November. Wolves, bears and serious cold might make for some entertaining drama. They could reenact that "bear whisperer" fellow who thought he could live unarmed among grizzlies until reality set in.

The show should be changed to "Exposed & Absurd".

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from Tim Platt wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

Everyone harping about the why do you want to see people without their clothes on are missing the point. The show is using the word naked to advertise itself and then not delivering.

A lot of people have commented on this before Dave wrote his post. If you are calling a show "Naked and Afraid" there ought to be at least some nudity and fear. There is neither. If there were both we would have all seen it. Trust me on this....

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from Mike Diehl wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

I never heard of that show and never watched it. Based on what you wrote, I won't watch it. But I do have a question? Did the participants immediately roll in charcoal or something and then never figure out how to find a source of clean water? No wonder they were getting infections from thorns.

I think the lesson here is that nothing of "reality TV" is REAL.

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from Zermoid wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

Well, I saw a few minutes of one episode and thought it was stupid.
Does that count as "watching" it?

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from Bassmaster94 wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

1,000,001 of 8. Just curious, what kind of person comes up with these shows? "Reality" TV my a**.

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from Carney wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

I'm one of the "8" also...
Not much for the suggestions for series improvement. If anybody wants naked survival I suggest they sign up as missionaries to the headhunters in Papua New Guinea. Plenty of naked survival going on there.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

Poetwild: Nude survivalists might make it up here in November but drop them off in the boreal forest in June or July and they wouldn't have a prayer. The bugs would drive them right out of their minds. Wouldn't be much of a show. By the second day the contestants wouldn't have enough sanity left to complain coherently.

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from Lord Humungus wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

As sarcasm Petzal' suggestions may cause a chuckle or two and I won't argue that he's correct about the spike in popularity the show will experience with full nudity and deathly consequences. However, Petzal's comments should remain rhetorical at best. Should they actually adopt his recommendations, what then would separate us from the decadence of ancient rome? It's bad enough this drivel makes it to the airwaves in its current form, but should we adopt Petzal's comments we will have arrived at point where the original shock comic Lenny Bruce said we will go headed if there is total freedom to do as one pleased. Quoth the Lenny; "If people could do anything they wanted, they would be selling tickets to watch babies be squashed by cars." Petzal's suggestions are tantamount to that. Misery and death for the titillation of the masses, voluntary, or otherwise, is morally reprehensible and so are Petzal's ideas in this regard. America is ready, really? This from the man who said "if you watch human beings for 70 years and you're not cranky, you're not paying attention."? That's his contribution based upon 70 years of accumulated wisdom; Let naked people starve, suffer and die, so we can get our jollies?" He's not only cranky, he's unhinged. If his article was intended as humor, fine, but if he's serious; get a grip, man!

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from ekonerding wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

OK, I admit to watching the whole series. One of my (female) friends was actually on the show, and easily outclassed her male counterpart. She did get bitten by numerous Central American sandflies, but later made an excellent fire with a bow drill. The hardest thing for people on the show to do was find enough food, which is why they lost so much weight. Naked and Afraid was better than Bear Grylls, but Les Stroud, Cody Lundeen, and the guy from Dual Survival are preferable, as they give practical advice all outdoor folks can use when lost. Even on those shows, when their lives are seriously threatened, they will quit and have the crew pick them up.

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

I would like to see Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinder School vids on YouTube get his own series. While it might not be as high on the entertainment list as most reality trash on tv to mist, he is very informative and, the real deal.
Unfortunately, guys like Dave wouldn't survive the wilds of network tv because that's not what they're telling us we want to see.

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Today**

Stupid predictive text...

See!? Even my phone provider believes they know what words I want to form!!
Aargh!!

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from jhjimbo wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Never watched the show and really are not interested in spectator sports. I much rather make my own reality in the myriad of things I am interested in.
And, I am not the only one on here who swims upstream.

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from Sodak wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

I have watched two episodes. I see it is on again tomorrow evening. Is it silly? Yes. It is entertaining to me so I'll probably watch it again if I have time.

I would really like to see the show without a safety net. That would be interesting. I don't always agree with Petzal's opinions, but here I do. True survival situations are truly scary, especially when you are smart enough to realize you are in trouble.

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from neelyii wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Just another creepy fabricated distraction for the couch potatoes.

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from Egg wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

To ekonerding: Your acquaintance was one of the standout participants. The use of the native plants to soothe the bites proved her mettle. I'm a fan of hers... Q-course next?

I was reluctant to watch at first, then got hooked, and can't really explain why, other than watching two stinky people working together for a common outcome was strangely captivating. I did not always agree that they were fairly scored up front, as some of the women with lower scores did appear to have more determination and organizational ability than their male counterparts, yet had lesser scores. I'll watch again.

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from Egg wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

To ekonerding: Your acquaintance was one of the standout participants. The use of the native plants to soothe the bites proved her mettle. I'm a fan of hers... Q-course next?

I was reluctant to watch at first, then got hooked, and can't really explain why, other than watching two stinky people working together for a common outcome was strangely captivating. I did not always agree that they were fairly scored up front, as some of the women with lower scores did appear to have more determination and organizational ability than their male counterparts, yet had lesser scores. I'll watch again.

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from william57 wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

If you've read this far down in the comments, I'll add my two cents. I have never watched "Survivor" or any other reality show, but absolutely love "Naked and Afraid" (after reading a review of the show in the newspaper, it sounded interesting). The show is all in good fun, don't take it seriously, and most of the people on the show don't whine.

I've been going to nude beaches most of my life and the body types are for real.

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from poetwild wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker: I like your scenario. New title: "Nude & Chewed".

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from seth trudeau wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

Any body who has time to watch this is wasting their time. Not only is this just weird but you could better spend your time watching Duck Dynasty, Like me.

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from seth trudeau wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

Thums up for Duck Dynasty.

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from rickyno5 wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

C'mon Dave!!! You're better than this! Surely this isn't the best thing you could come up with to write about in F&S? I am saying all of this 100% seriously and with all due respect. You of all people should abstain from stooping to writing about this type of nonsense...again with all due respect lol.

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from Michael Jager wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

Television is entertainment, and this show is entertaining. As for who wants to see "nasty bits" I think it is human nature to want to see those things and I feel bad for anyone who is so repressed sexually that they do not enjoy seeing the opposite sex nude. Too many grumpy old men on this site! Relax and enjoy life, worry about what you enjoy and leave other people and their interests alone!

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from Gunny Bob wrote 27 weeks 2 days ago

SFC Petzal, I can't watch such shows anymore. Maybe I dread the possibility of my PTSD going atomic.

That British SAS (self-proclaimed?) guy on another show makes me crazy with his farcical decision-making processes and totally bogus claims of what's what (he actually stated on one episode that moss only grows on the north side of trees). Then there are these two guys on another show, one of whom is some sort of hippie, and both are frauds not-even-close-to-humble opinion.

How long would any of these people last when forced to deal with Colonel Umbulu?

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from Gunny Bob wrote 27 weeks 2 days ago

I mean, in the words of Achmed the Dead Terrorist, "I kill you!"

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from Cowboystl1 wrote 5 weeks 6 days ago

I agree completely shows should be as advertised! they should show naked and afraid if its 21 days keep your ass out there suffer. survivor after the first season i stopped watching because they werent survivors! drop them off last man standing wins! i hate reality tv shows i dont watch any of them

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from MReeder wrote 28 weeks 19 hours ago

As someone who spent a sadly large proportion of my adult life working in television news, let me assure anyone with doubts that absolutely nothing channeled through a TV screen is "reality." The mere act of pointing a camera at anyone or anything distorts reality. That's what Marshall McLuhan meant when he said years ago that, "The media is the message." People do not act the same if they know they're facing a camera. The nature of the medium itself requires that you adjust the lighting, depth of field and focus of a scene. The time limits require that everything be edited, which may well be the greatest distortion of all, and the final product always reflects the subjective views of the camera man, the writer, the director and the producer. It's like the admonition in "Usual Suspects" when Kevin Spacie says, "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist"." In the case of television, the greatest lie the public was ever convinced to swallow was that television presents anything more than a distorted view of reality. Alice had a more clear-eyed view of the world when she peered through the looking glass.
Television doesn't just play to the lowest common denominator; it lowers it with every broadcast. It is the modern equivalent of the Roman coliseum. It wasn't real combat even though people died, but it did keep the mob sated and distracted while their country was being plundered by its emperor.
Incidentally, I'm one of the eight male people in the country that has never watched "Naked But Not Afraid." At this stage of my life I've already waved goodbye to too many brain cells to risk the few working ones left by subjecting myself to that kind of mental erosion. But I do watch all the re-runs of "Gunsmoke," "Life and Times of Wyatt Earp," and "Lawman" on the Western Channel. The neat thing is that every lead actor on those shows was a WWII combat veteran who could have survived 21 days of being stranded on an island without whining once or doing something as stupid as drinking unboiled water. There were more real men on those fictional 1950s programs than you'll ever find on modern reality TV. What real man would ever agree to appear in public without his drawers?

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from crm3006 wrote 28 weeks 16 hours ago

9 out of 8. I never heard of that show, and now that I have, will try hard to forget it. TV seems to have sunk to the depth of whale feces on the bottom of the ocean.

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from Troutmaster77 wrote 28 weeks 9 hours ago

1,000,000/8. Why would you want to see people's private parts unsensored? That is called PORNOGRAPHY. This article has lost my faith in Field & Stream online.

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from tom warner wrote 28 weeks 4 hours ago

I stopped watching almost all commercial TV as far back as the 50's. Many comic books are on a higher intellectual level. I find it horrifying that so many otherwise supposedly bright people subject themselves to this crap, not to mention the commercials, which are aimed at halfwits and would keep me away from the TV set all by themselves. "Reality" TV? Please! Television in general(but not all)has been a cultural disaster for America. We'd all have been better off without it. I suppose these sentiments reveal me as a dinosaur, but if so, I am proud of it.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 14 hours ago

Hmmm. Look carefully at the above photo. Just how does a guy surviving with nothing in the wilderness wind up with such wonderfully clipped, combed, and gelled hair? Perhaps the same folks producing this series also directed the photo shoots for Cabela's fall waterfowl catalog?

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from Carl Huber wrote 28 weeks 5 hours ago

I have heard of it BUT was never so bored with nothing better to do than I watched it. It is just another addition to the long line of Reality Shows that have nothing to do with Reality.
Television has become nothing more than soft p@rn. Even with P@rography the only thing entertaining is the title. IE. "Pulp Friction"--"Shaving Ryan's Privates"--"White Men Can't Hump". The list goes on. Why pay to watch something you would rather do yourself!
My wife a good women corralled me into watching the Jersey Shore". All I did was pray to God that it would be canceled. Sandy Struck and God got Biblical on the wrong Jersey Shore.

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from bluegrass45 wrote 28 weeks 2 hours ago

MReeder absolutely nails it. Television has done more to erode and lower the Western world's standards of intelligence and morality than any tactic ever dreamed of by Lenin or Antonio Gramsci in the '20s.

"Television doesn't just play to the lowest common denominator; it lowers it with every broadcast." Yowsir.

Like tom warner, I haven't owned a television since the '60s.

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from Tim Platt wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

Everyone harping about the why do you want to see people without their clothes on are missing the point. The show is using the word naked to advertise itself and then not delivering.

A lot of people have commented on this before Dave wrote his post. If you are calling a show "Naked and Afraid" there ought to be at least some nudity and fear. There is neither. If there were both we would have all seen it. Trust me on this....

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from buckhunter wrote 28 weeks 22 hours ago

I love the look on the woman's face. It's the same look I get when I wear my muddy boots in the house.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 21 hours ago

The only thing that's real about reality shows is just how really stupid people can be to watch that crap. At least World Wrestling Federation makes no bones about being a phony circus act. And sure there's going to be a lot of whining on those things. What do you think the folks tune in to see? Happy people? Folks who are adjusted and can adjust? Pfffft! How "really" uninteresting that would be.

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from horseman308 wrote 28 weeks 20 hours ago

One of my coworker's former colleagues was actually a psychological consultant for these shows tasked with screening out "normal" people and picking people with psychological issues that would make for good "drama." I always thought it was a joke, but apparently, they really do some of that.

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from FirstBubba wrote 28 weeks 19 hours ago

With me and MReeder, you've now found 2 of the 8 men who never watched an episode.
When I want to see a "reality" show, I'll head over to Wally World and watch the mass of disheveled humanity that shuffles in and out the door, thinking they are saving money.

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from NHshtr wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

3 of 8!
The promos never made the series seem interesting enough to watch.

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from Gary Devine wrote 28 weeks 3 hours ago

There is one thing that is not phony or fake on your television.

Sports, like National Football League, College football or Major League baseball just to name a few.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 1 hour ago

I see the editors took out the photo with the gelled hairdo dude and replaced it with a couple doubling as swine in a wallow. Hmmmm.

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from SL wrote 28 weeks 1 hour ago

"There is one thing that is not phony or fake on your television.
Sports, like National Football League, College football or Major League baseball just to name a few."

Best post so far. The same guys who will condemn TV for brainwashing, being immoral, left-wing, etc. will sit by their TV sets all day on the weekends watching hours upon hours of sports. Like professional sports stimulates the mind any better?? LOL

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from meruhl wrote 28 weeks 43 min ago

Never heard of the show until I noticed this post in my RSS feed. I'm really disappointed by your impression of your readership. The notion that we're all just a bunch of beer slobs only contributes to the further decay of society. Deleting your RSS feed now.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

Poetwild: Nude survivalists might make it up here in November but drop them off in the boreal forest in June or July and they wouldn't have a prayer. The bugs would drive them right out of their minds. Wouldn't be much of a show. By the second day the contestants wouldn't have enough sanity left to complain coherently.

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from Egg wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

To ekonerding: Your acquaintance was one of the standout participants. The use of the native plants to soothe the bites proved her mettle. I'm a fan of hers... Q-course next?

I was reluctant to watch at first, then got hooked, and can't really explain why, other than watching two stinky people working together for a common outcome was strangely captivating. I did not always agree that they were fairly scored up front, as some of the women with lower scores did appear to have more determination and organizational ability than their male counterparts, yet had lesser scores. I'll watch again.

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from seth trudeau wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

Any body who has time to watch this is wasting their time. Not only is this just weird but you could better spend your time watching Duck Dynasty, Like me.

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from Gunny Bob wrote 27 weeks 2 days ago

SFC Petzal, I can't watch such shows anymore. Maybe I dread the possibility of my PTSD going atomic.

That British SAS (self-proclaimed?) guy on another show makes me crazy with his farcical decision-making processes and totally bogus claims of what's what (he actually stated on one episode that moss only grows on the north side of trees). Then there are these two guys on another show, one of whom is some sort of hippie, and both are frauds not-even-close-to-humble opinion.

How long would any of these people last when forced to deal with Colonel Umbulu?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 21 hours ago

And if those chicks lost 20-30 lbs during the course of this farce and still managed to keep breathing, I don't think I would have wanted to see them in the buff. Not on the first couple of episodes. At that point probably too much sagging flesh to see anything tantalizing anyway.

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from Tim Platt wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

We've already found half of the 8 men that have never watched it. If they were really nude and really had a chance of dieing, I would quit watching Encore Westerns... maybe even football. Still going to Wally World, it's the only way to prove my theory of de-evolution.

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from 99explorer wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

Make that five of the eight.
I never heard of it.

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from omarfishesalot wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

6 of 8 and I plan on staying that way, I was much like 99explorer and now I wont even watch a commercial for it.

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from Mark-1 wrote 28 weeks 18 hours ago

Never knew the show existed. I'm seven of eight.

Whoa. Isn't that a StarTrek character?

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from Safado wrote 28 weeks 17 hours ago

8 of 8.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 28 weeks 17 hours ago

I have a better idea, don't even tune in, ignore them and let the ratings speak.
I haven't spent a second on reality tv especially the fat ass Kardaciens, excuse the spelling. jmo

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from 5280Shooter wrote 28 weeks 15 hours ago

Yep, I caught a few minutes of a couple of shows. When my kids yelled 'hey dad, we are watching a show with naked people out in the wilderness'... I had to check it out. I won't comment on the fellas because I'm not qualified, but the women were not exactly Kate Upton with all due respect so I was kinda happy those nasty bits were kept under cover. My main thought on the guys was what big wimps they were... no real men around. On one show I remember the lady for the most part saved them both by catching lobster in a homemade trap while the guy just laid around feeling sorry for himself and babbling on. So, let's get some hotties in there and throw them together with some tough guys who know what they are doing and see what happens.

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from JohnR wrote 28 weeks 15 hours ago

10 out of 8; never heard of it!

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 28 weeks 14 hours ago

I don't get the reason for the show; Maybe "LOST and clothed?" OR "I'm shoeless and lost?" Either way, it's a dumb show to me that makes no sense at all! UNLESS, they try DP's suggestions??

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from Fruguy101 wrote 28 weeks 12 hours ago

The guy from Dual Survival who walks barefoot all the time is a better show of how to treat the wilderness barefoot. Slow and cautious, even after years of walking barefoot.

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from RJ Arena wrote 28 weeks 5 hours ago

silly nonsense.

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from TED FORD wrote 28 weeks 5 hours ago

"pixeled out"?Pixel is now a verb?

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 28 weeks 4 hours ago

Troutmaster, there's a difference between po.rn and nudity. Po.rn involves vulgar acts. Nudity is simply showing the human body without clothes on. This show may be tasteless and stupid but from what I gather it's not po.rnographic. I now don't have TV of any sort so count me on the list of those who haven't seen it.

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from Douglas wrote 28 weeks 1 hour ago

I do not subscribe to network tv. I get Netflix disks and watch tripe such as Boardwalk Empire and Hell on Wheels.
Lots of neat guns on those shows.
I might watch a couple of episodes of Naked and Alone if it featured Miss Kitty.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 28 weeks 27 min ago

I don't recall what the first image looked like Ontario, but maybe the reason his hair was fixed was because they were just starting out.

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from poetwild wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

I'll admit to watching a couple of episodes. I think the contestants should have worn loincloths, camo g-strings or kilts. The idea of being stuck w/o any clothing is preposterous. Not very likely situation.

The other thing to provide any "reality" would to place the participants in the northern boreal forest in late October or early November. Wolves, bears and serious cold might make for some entertaining drama. They could reenact that "bear whisperer" fellow who thought he could live unarmed among grizzlies until reality set in.

The show should be changed to "Exposed & Absurd".

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from Mike Diehl wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

I never heard of that show and never watched it. Based on what you wrote, I won't watch it. But I do have a question? Did the participants immediately roll in charcoal or something and then never figure out how to find a source of clean water? No wonder they were getting infections from thorns.

I think the lesson here is that nothing of "reality TV" is REAL.

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from Zermoid wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

Well, I saw a few minutes of one episode and thought it was stupid.
Does that count as "watching" it?

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from Bassmaster94 wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

1,000,001 of 8. Just curious, what kind of person comes up with these shows? "Reality" TV my a**.

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from Carney wrote 27 weeks 6 days ago

I'm one of the "8" also...
Not much for the suggestions for series improvement. If anybody wants naked survival I suggest they sign up as missionaries to the headhunters in Papua New Guinea. Plenty of naked survival going on there.

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from Lord Humungus wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

As sarcasm Petzal' suggestions may cause a chuckle or two and I won't argue that he's correct about the spike in popularity the show will experience with full nudity and deathly consequences. However, Petzal's comments should remain rhetorical at best. Should they actually adopt his recommendations, what then would separate us from the decadence of ancient rome? It's bad enough this drivel makes it to the airwaves in its current form, but should we adopt Petzal's comments we will have arrived at point where the original shock comic Lenny Bruce said we will go headed if there is total freedom to do as one pleased. Quoth the Lenny; "If people could do anything they wanted, they would be selling tickets to watch babies be squashed by cars." Petzal's suggestions are tantamount to that. Misery and death for the titillation of the masses, voluntary, or otherwise, is morally reprehensible and so are Petzal's ideas in this regard. America is ready, really? This from the man who said "if you watch human beings for 70 years and you're not cranky, you're not paying attention."? That's his contribution based upon 70 years of accumulated wisdom; Let naked people starve, suffer and die, so we can get our jollies?" He's not only cranky, he's unhinged. If his article was intended as humor, fine, but if he's serious; get a grip, man!

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from ekonerding wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

OK, I admit to watching the whole series. One of my (female) friends was actually on the show, and easily outclassed her male counterpart. She did get bitten by numerous Central American sandflies, but later made an excellent fire with a bow drill. The hardest thing for people on the show to do was find enough food, which is why they lost so much weight. Naked and Afraid was better than Bear Grylls, but Les Stroud, Cody Lundeen, and the guy from Dual Survival are preferable, as they give practical advice all outdoor folks can use when lost. Even on those shows, when their lives are seriously threatened, they will quit and have the crew pick them up.

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

I would like to see Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinder School vids on YouTube get his own series. While it might not be as high on the entertainment list as most reality trash on tv to mist, he is very informative and, the real deal.
Unfortunately, guys like Dave wouldn't survive the wilds of network tv because that's not what they're telling us we want to see.

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from Gierhedd75 wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Today**

Stupid predictive text...

See!? Even my phone provider believes they know what words I want to form!!
Aargh!!

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from jhjimbo wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Never watched the show and really are not interested in spectator sports. I much rather make my own reality in the myriad of things I am interested in.
And, I am not the only one on here who swims upstream.

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from Sodak wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

I have watched two episodes. I see it is on again tomorrow evening. Is it silly? Yes. It is entertaining to me so I'll probably watch it again if I have time.

I would really like to see the show without a safety net. That would be interesting. I don't always agree with Petzal's opinions, but here I do. True survival situations are truly scary, especially when you are smart enough to realize you are in trouble.

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from neelyii wrote 27 weeks 5 days ago

Just another creepy fabricated distraction for the couch potatoes.

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from Egg wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

To ekonerding: Your acquaintance was one of the standout participants. The use of the native plants to soothe the bites proved her mettle. I'm a fan of hers... Q-course next?

I was reluctant to watch at first, then got hooked, and can't really explain why, other than watching two stinky people working together for a common outcome was strangely captivating. I did not always agree that they were fairly scored up front, as some of the women with lower scores did appear to have more determination and organizational ability than their male counterparts, yet had lesser scores. I'll watch again.

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from william57 wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

If you've read this far down in the comments, I'll add my two cents. I have never watched "Survivor" or any other reality show, but absolutely love "Naked and Afraid" (after reading a review of the show in the newspaper, it sounded interesting). The show is all in good fun, don't take it seriously, and most of the people on the show don't whine.

I've been going to nude beaches most of my life and the body types are for real.

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from poetwild wrote 27 weeks 4 days ago

Ontario Honker: I like your scenario. New title: "Nude & Chewed".

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from seth trudeau wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

Thums up for Duck Dynasty.

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from Michael Jager wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

Television is entertainment, and this show is entertaining. As for who wants to see "nasty bits" I think it is human nature to want to see those things and I feel bad for anyone who is so repressed sexually that they do not enjoy seeing the opposite sex nude. Too many grumpy old men on this site! Relax and enjoy life, worry about what you enjoy and leave other people and their interests alone!

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from Gunny Bob wrote 27 weeks 2 days ago

I mean, in the words of Achmed the Dead Terrorist, "I kill you!"

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from Cowboystl1 wrote 5 weeks 6 days ago

I agree completely shows should be as advertised! they should show naked and afraid if its 21 days keep your ass out there suffer. survivor after the first season i stopped watching because they werent survivors! drop them off last man standing wins! i hate reality tv shows i dont watch any of them

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from rickyno5 wrote 27 weeks 3 days ago

C'mon Dave!!! You're better than this! Surely this isn't the best thing you could come up with to write about in F&S? I am saying all of this 100% seriously and with all due respect. You of all people should abstain from stooping to writing about this type of nonsense...again with all due respect lol.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 28 weeks 20 hours ago

Why do you want to be able to see their "nasty bits" DEP, are you a pervert or something?

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