I haven’t said much about the detecting shows on TV in the past. I think there are a couple of shows out there that have good intentions. Those intentions seem to get twisted and manipulated into a “dramatized for television” show. Does this give people a false hope of our hobby? Probably.. Does it make people think it is easy to get on great dirt? Probably.. Does it make people think every relic will get you serious cash? I hope not. I would love to see a survey given to us MDers asking what we want in a show. I think you could pick out 10 of the best mders from different types of hunting and have a really excellent show. Have them talk about their research, how they got permission, how much time they spent at the site, how they hunted it, which machine they used, and what they found. I wanted to get a rough idea of how many people are in the hobby and admit it. One popular forum has 33,000 members. I have to think many mders would tune into the show for knowledge, stories, and to envy the finds. I would also bet that many others who like history would watch. Do you think Arkies, as Mr. Stout calls them would respect us more without all the drama? I think the hobby deserves to be represented fairly and accurately. Over the last two weeks I have been involved in two conversations with people who asked how to find gold. I didn’t tell them that I dig pounds of gold. I told them that searching for gold is brutal and it takes extreme patience. In closing I ask do we really need the drama? Would we be better off without it? Let your opinions fly!