All is Not What It Appears to Be

polar_bear_clinging1By Paul Chesser

Hey! Did you know that what is depicted in those nature documentaries is not always genuinely “in the wild?” It’s often set up in controlled circumstances, according to Chris Palmer, author of a new book that uncovers the tricks used by wildlife videographers. From the Washington Post:

…At 63, he has written a confessional for an entire industry. “Shooting in the Wild,” published this year by Sierra Club Books, exposes the unpleasant secrets of environmental filmmaking: manufactured sounds, staged fights, wild animals that aren’t quite wild filmed in nature that isn’t entirely natural.

Read the rest at the American Spectator.

  • NEIL F. AGWD/BSD

    Not surprised in the least. Ever since I learned what editing was, or that the food you see in food commercials isn’t real food but platsic, and rubber, and god knows what else, have I always seen things like documentaries, and wildlife films as being just what the directors and producers want you to see. Nothing to do with reality.

  • Rob N. Hood

    Absolutely. That polar bear is actually sitting on a walrus which is sitting on a penguin which is sitting on a …

  • Rob N. Hood

    Something that tries to appear to be something it isn’t…

    As Politico recently pointed out, every major contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination who isn’t currently holding office and isn’t named Mitt Romney is now a paid contributor to Fox News. Now, media moguls have often promoted the careers and campaigns of politicians they believe will serve their interests. But directly cutting checks to political favorites takes it to a whole new level of blatancy.

    Arguably, this shouldn’t be surprising. Modern American conservatism is, in large part, a movement shaped by billionaires and their bank accounts, and assured paychecks for the ideologically loyal are an important part of the system. Scientists willing to deny the existence of man-made climate change, economists willing to declare that tax cuts for the rich are essential to growth, strategic thinkers willing to provide rationales for wars of choice, lawyers willing to provide defenses of torture, all can count on support from a network of organizations that may seem independent on the surface but are largely financed by a handful of ultrawealthy families.

    They thought Fox worked for them- actually they are working for Fox. Orwellian.

  • paul wenum

    It’s a Polar Bear on Ice!. Normal. Why the rant? I’m a conservative not “shaped by billionaires.” Cannot count the high. I now see why you,and Obama, hates Fox News. You never change, do you. Orwellian? Listen to Obama. Shades of “1984.” “Ultra-wealthy families.” What about George Soros with Move-on.org? Ooops, that is different. Darn, forgot. It’s a one way street isn’t it? Your way or the highway. Typical liberal. I have some pocket change for you. I assume you are entitled to it, aren’t you?

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