+Chief301 Posted November 14, 2011 Share Posted November 14, 2011 *FIRST, let me preface this topic by saying that I am not aware of any plans for a Geocaching reality show, so don't get all excited . But the idea intrigues me. Seems like they'll make a reality show based on just about any interesting or unusual lifestyle....Gator hunting, spoiled rich kids, car repo, travel, you name it. So why not one about Geocaching? It would lend itself to travelling to unique locations and appeal to the travel and outdoor demographic, which a lot of these shows seem to cater to these days. So here's the theoretical part...Do you think such a show, if it happened, would be BENEFICIAL or DETRIMENTAL to Geocaching? It seems (to me at least) at first glance that it would be beneficial by presenting Geocaching in a positive light and highlighting the adventure, maybe introduce it to a whole new audience. Now, here's where the DETRIMENTAL comes in...would it be TOO broad an audience? Let's face it, this is still a bit of an underground activity in most places....chances are in any given group of 10 people maybe only 1 has ever even heard of Geocaching, much less ever tried it. Would it be a bad thing if suddenly half the population of the United States found out about Geocaching? I think it might. We already have enough problems with impulsive people who sign up, find one cache and hide 5 the weekend they join, then disappear forever, leaving their poorly planned and unmaintained caches littering the landscape. Or the jerks who learn about it and go out to steal or vandalize caches just to get their jollies. I could see the exposure suddenly multiplying these problems tenfold overnight. Now, personally I think the show could be great. It could be a good fit for the Outdoor Channel or the Travel Channel or Discovery, I think. They could have a cast of regulars that represent a diverse mix of cachers...the gung-ho extreme 5-5 cache seekers, the retired couple travelling the country hunting caches in their RV, the newbies, the family caching with their young kids, just to name a few. So whaddya think? A bit of a double edged sword, yeah? Discuss amongst yourselves.... (Oh, and if 6 months from now such a show appears, just remember where you heard it first ) Quote Link to comment
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