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Adam Fish <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 22 Dec 2006 00:13:02 -0800
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Please view our five minute film, a parody director’s commentary for 
the archaeology reality television program Digging for the Truth. Two 
real archaeologists pretend to be the archaeologist and television 
producer working on the program. In these part-fact, part-fiction 
roles, the two parody the extreme archaeological adventures of the 
television host, Josh Bernstein. Fan propelled parachutes, cliff 
rappelling, outdoor fashion, and wilderness wifi internet research are 
comically explained as legitimate and necessary archaeological methods. 
In the process, television industries transform the methods of 
archaeology into extreme sports for televisual and economic gains. 
Through this performance, satirical commentary isolates the industrial 
televisual exaggeration of archaeological methods.

What these non-fiction performers cheekily call science is what media 
theorists call spectacle and is what the television industries need to 
entertain audiences. The performance begs the question: how can satire 
and parody be used to exhibit the findings of media archaeology?

The video can be viewed and embedded html acquired at this address:


Adam Fish
UCLA: Cinema and Media
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Brad Garrett M.A.
International Centre for Archaeology Underwater
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