fair enough points
However, as archaeologists we all have an interest in how we are portrayed on telly, because it WILL influence how people perceive and react to us.
If you don't believe that, because its only fiction, perhaps think of how many times you might have heard an actor telling how someone slagged them off in the street for something a fictional character they portrayed did.... I know I have heard them say this.
On a second point, and as a parallel.
My brothers a copper. When The Bill first started he used to think that at least some of it was a reasonable representation of Police work and as seasons progressed it got further and further away from reality in terms of story lines. Basically it went from being a possible Docu drama to a soap in my view (though I don't watch it enough to know how docu-drama ish it was to start with).
I think what you are witnessing here is a similar reaction to bonekickers. The publicity I encountered before it started suggested to me it was going to be more of a docu drama. But it is obviously meant to be more of a fantasy drama.
The same reaction that my brother had to the Bill has happened to Bonekickers, but instead of happening over a number of seasons, it has happened in a few programmes (for some people possibly the duration of the first programme...)
Finally, don't underestimate how much fun people have taking the mick out of something.
There are websites devoted to bloopers in films, and the content usually comes from people who like them enough to watch them over and over and over again.
Now I am not gonna rant against Bonkers (what an ace name for it) archaeologically coz there's no point, its as pointless as slagging off Indy's methodology. I have watched them all so far, at least partially so I can better enjoy the banter and slagging afterwards on britarch. And I'll probably watch the rest. But I won't be campaigning for a second series if it doesn't get picked up
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>>> Dave Tooke <[log in to unmask]> 23/07/2008 21:28 >>>
I don't really care that much, though, I confess I do get irritated with
people who watch stuff they dislike and then proceed to criticise it.
If you don't like it, watch something else.
There does seem to be an element in some of the criticism that serious
archaeologists feel that their profession should be treated with respect,
and a seeming common intellectual distaste at the portrayal of the subject
in this programme, a sort of relishing of the horror.
Personally, I think it's fun, and archaeologists are lucky to be portrayed
in such a good light. Think how grateful journalists would be to be shown as
heroic dedicated seekers after truth, regardless of the fact that the
typesetting process portrayed was laughable.
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