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A Sensationalist and Defamatory Hack Piece that Follows a Disturbing Media Trend
on July 7, 2014
This film barely earns the title "documentary". It largely focuses on negative issues, including domestic issues that are found in all cultures (and are therefore sensationalist and innapropriate for a culture-specific documentary unless that documentary is meant to be intentionally defamatory). This production is designed to leave the viewer with a negative impression of the Amish. The Amish happen to be, despite their idiosyncratic way of life, arguably the most functional community in the country.
If you disagree with my assessment of this film's defamatory agenda, please see the followup film that focuses solely on a rare community event: shunning.
What's disturbing is that these defamatory films are being funded and produced by publicly funded television (PBS). What business is it of PBS to use public tax money to critique the Amish? Also, why the Amish and only the Amish? These films follow an obvious and disturbing trend in the media to portray the Amish negatively. See the utterly ridiculous "Breaking Amish" and the Amish Mafia show from TLC and the Disocvery Channel.
There are several other religious sects in this country, with substantial populations that exceed that of the total "plain folk" (Amish) population, that have equal or greater idosyncratic traditions that could be sensationalized or 'exposed' with our tax dollars. Where are the PBS and cable shows that showcase these communities, inclusive of their problems, to the American public?