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11:21 AM on 07/24/2013
Reality/accuracy in "reality" TV is like chastity for prostitutes - bad for business.

Don't watch it. I have problems with the staging / drama enhancements in the science documentaries - even my teen / tween kids were complaining about it in the Discover and National Geographic programs. We largely gave up on them all - and TV in general.
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11:16 AM on 07/24/2013
How much technology do we need, honestly, and isn't the major point of frustration for the media types that if people don't watch your stuff, it's a lot harder to propgandize them and influence their lives with your Madison Ave. consumer programming? Consume, consume, consume, the Amish did for themselves. In many ways, they embody what the US was, before it was Made In China. I think what the media's worried about is what could happen, if a bunch of people across the country suddenly dumped their TV's/computers/cellphones, and rediscovered the ancient art of thinking for yourself. ?
06:30 AM on 07/27/2013
that's so true
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11:13 AM on 07/24/2013
But they are very uneducated. And there is such a high rate of teens staying in the amish communities because tbey are afraid to leave home and never see their friends or family again. And did i mention they are the most uneducated people in the US
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01:55 PM on 07/24/2013
Uneducated by English standards! How long would we (the English) survive in their world?

P.S. I learned that they call us English by watching Breaking Amish.
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08:11 PM on 07/24/2013
They call us English and Whites (if you're caucasian). I learned that from my friend's Amish neighbors.
10:01 PM on 08/12/2013
Yes, uneducated by the standards of the "English," aka the rest of the planet.

News flash: nobody in the "English" world is clamoring to join up. But the kids born into these communities don't have a real choice. Even if they can nerve up enough to leave, their lack of education means that they can't get a job. So they have no choice but to stay.

I suspect the Amish don't allow a full education for that reason. Keep them dumb and ignorant, and they won't be able to leave.
04:33 PM on 07/24/2013
The Amish decide what education is appropriate for the way they live (shouldn't we all do that?). They are learners and innovators as they find that appropriate. So, the question is, uneducated for what? They don't live the English life; they are well educated for their own. They are good farmers, and those who go into business learn to be good businessmen - and businesswomen! Visit Amish country in Ohio and learn!
10:05 PM on 08/12/2013
So your argument is that legal requirements for education should be waived, so that they are only fit to stay in a backward community? And that nobody should be educated enough that they have a chance to make their own decisions about whether to stay or go?

And by the way: they cannot "learn to be good businessmen" without a certain amount of education. Nobody hires you. Simple.

And no, I won't visit Amish country. The only Amish people I've met were pretty vile people, and I'm not interested in "learning" from people who abuse and exploit animals because they think it's their right.
10:37 AM on 07/24/2013
The so-called Discovery channel consist of endless commercials which are and insult to any sane person and programming that for the most part is not worth watching.
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02:47 PM on 07/24/2013
It's still not as bad as The (supposed) Learning Channel.
07:52 PM on 07/24/2013
And ditto. Remember back when those channels were actually educational? They were great, and now they are just garbage. I don't understand why anyone would watch them.
07:52 PM on 07/24/2013
Ditto......
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10:32 AM on 07/24/2013
My dad was on good terms with the local Amish and Mennonites in southern Maryland. This is mostly because my dad was raised in upper Michigan and lived off the land and grew up doing woodworking and other rural activities. So my dad probably felt more at home around the Amish than the Maryland locals.
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marleyma77
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08:40 AM on 07/24/2013
And on anther side note. The population is doing what? growing? They shunn all immunizations. I live near a huge Amish farmers market. No small pox or bird flu outbreaks here. Crazy. you would think this would be a huge slap to the people that push for forced or required imunizations and use the herd theory as an example.
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09:23 AM on 07/24/2013
You seem to believe the Amish don't avail themselves of modern medicine...and you would be incorrect.
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08:41 AM on 07/25/2013
No, they do, if needed for emergencies.  they still birth the babies at home with no doctor.  but there is usaully a "head" woman or man that assist in birth. 
10:43 AM on 07/24/2013
There is no small pox because the virus in the wild has been completely destroyed. It was destroyed because of vaccines. It was destroyed by science. The only remaining live small pox is stored (either for science or warfare, we mere mortals don't know what our governments do). There is no Variola major or minor virus anywhere in the world. It is effectively extinct, only one of two diseases ever totally destroyed by mankind. And it was because of vaccinations.
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08:42 AM on 07/25/2013
Good comment.  and the flu, and the other 18 required immunizations in the state of NY
10:07 PM on 08/12/2013
Yes, it was destroyed by us callous, materialistic technology-dependent can't-think-for-ourselves overeducated "English." You're welcome, Amish.
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08:36 AM on 07/24/2013
I live in an are with a lot of Amish and Menonites. They are very good and respecfull people. Like most things on TV, its fake. Any of these "reality" shows are nothing close to reality.
12:12 AM on 07/24/2013
Rumspringa = Eating at Applbee's with friends
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12:50 PM on 07/24/2013
Exactly. Faved and first fan.
02:59 PM on 07/23/2013
Thank you for clearing things up. I don't trust most "reality" shows to portray the truth, but you did mention some things I didn't know. I am glad to know that the Amish community is going strong. I do not follow their beliefs, but they are one of the few Christian religions I respect.
10:47 AM on 07/24/2013
Watching any "reality show" while searching for any shred of reality is like looking for a drink of clean water at the bottom of a cesspool.
12:05 PM on 07/24/2013
Some reality shows are genuine. The ones that are nature and/or education based are much less likely to be set ups. ANY tv show does editing to make for a more interesting show because so much of real life is not dramatic. But, to purposely mislead the public is pointless.
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12:52 PM on 07/24/2013
One of my favorite shows was Survivorman, because Les Stroud went along into the wild, humped his own camera gear, set up and took down long shots that must have been exhausting, and otherwise did the whole thing himself. As wilderness survival shows go, it was as real as possible.
02:52 PM on 07/23/2013
I remember a young mennonite I knew during her "wild years". Her wildness consisted of wearing toe nail polish inside her shoes.
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01:06 PM on 07/21/2013
Thank you. Having lived many years near the Amish community in Lancaster, PA, I knew them to be pleasant, kind, hardworking people who built a community that should be the envy of every other.
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10:19 AM on 07/24/2013
America has gone bonkers for reality TV and the producers will stop at nothing to sell commercials even if they have to profile their shows to the opposite side of reality!
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11:27 AM on 07/20/2013
I will never forget that when presented with a fund collected for the victims of the Amish school shooting, the community gave half of it to the widow of the shooter. Thank you, Donald Kraybill, for debunking the misconceptions and outright lies about this wonderful American community.
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marleyma77
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08:37 AM on 07/24/2013
great and accurate comment.
07:54 PM on 07/24/2013
Excellent comment. Fanned you.
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jules620
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08:39 AM on 07/20/2013
I volunteer with local organizations that bust Amish puppymills
I have done this for 5 years
I have gone to more Amish residences than many of you will ever do in your lifetime
They are experts at hiding and covering up what they do.

Get involved, volunteer , see for yourself.

closing down and busting these animal cruelty creeps is so rewarding.
carrying out these poor beautiful helpless little dogs one by one as they look up at you
licking your face in thanks is so rewarding
04:13 PM on 07/22/2013
Go away. We are tired of your lies and hate and stupid ignorant comments on anything Amish related, about their puppy mills. Only a few Amish have puppy mills and the ones that do take care of them. The stuff on YouTube is old old old.
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jules620
“let the wild rumpus start!”
07:36 PM on 07/22/2013
HEY, L@@K everybody !
It's The Lone Ranger, hiding behind her mask
take off that mask and show us who you really are !!

and I didn't send you to YouTube, LOL
I sent you to Google, type in 'amish puppy mills'
they have updated current info, IF you can read !!!
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jules620
“let the wild rumpus start!”
05:17 PM on 07/22/2013
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08:25 PM on 07/19/2013
I SO agree, Cleveland Gal. I live in No. Idaho, and there are several Amish/Mennonite communities around the area. They are without fail the most kind, patient and civil and respectful of all the people here. The rest of society could use a few lessons in what they're teaching.
05:35 PM on 07/19/2013
We live near the Amish communities and they are a wonderful group of hardworking people!! Other Americans could learn a few things from them!!
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jules620
“let the wild rumpus start!”
06:56 AM on 07/20/2013
here's a good place to find out about some of their teaching

use Google, type in ... amish puppymills
07:46 AM on 07/20/2013
Great stereotyping...believe it or not..not ALL amish folks run puppy mills so get over yourself...kind of like saying ALL white people were slave owners.