I agree in principle but you (and we all) fall into the same trap. No one has any idea what their "goals" really are, so stating it as a "fact" is a bit specious.
The glass half-empty people assume they are in it for the big bucks and will stop at nothing to manipulate their audience into buying into their story and emptying tier pocketbooks. The glass half-full will assume that they are in it to sail, live and enjoy themselves and share it while hopefully making a bit of cash along the way—in this case a nice chunk of change.
I worked in marketing for years. I know all about manipulation and yet I still like to look at things from the half-full perspective. I will take a lot of it at face value until it is proven otherwise. Why not? It is more enjoyable and hurts me not one iota.
Sorry, I won’t bite that Apple.
Nicely positioning your argument as a half full and a positive outlook, vs others looking at it as half empty therefore a negative outlook is self effacing. It isn’t about positive or negative.
I’m a generally a very positive in attributing attributes to things. I See no altruistic idealistic attributes to this La Vagebond phenomenah. It reads like a reality show without the warts.
It’s is achieving its desired results of raising money , sponsored by a high end catamaran boat builder allow them to travel in a vessel which the couple could not even begin to afford normally. There appears to be a sophisticated media production in order to project this “ show” in the most positive way to get sponsors . Sponsors in this can be hits reading about the Outreamer . It’s a smooth well oiled marketing production which I am sure you can recognize. Of course having this on a sailing blog like SailNet is I am sure part of their plan.
For some SN it is red meat allowing them to project their opinions and experiences in building the reality part attributing thought processes of the cast members and debating what they are thinking. Living vicariously through their voyage , knowing very little factually what was happening on board except some tidbits broadcast by the “cast “ members.
There are no “Debbie downer” moments published, but why would they as it would take away from the positive marketing image. Hard to believe in over a three week period of time everyone had a kum-by-a passage.
No value judgement as this is par for the course as to what a segment of the population sees as entertainment in today’s world.
Think of how different the commentary would have been has MarK Sea of Life or Sander O , or Tempest had been on this voyage and HONESTY writing about it without worrry of a sponsorship. Now that would be real to life I would bet. Now that would be a story worth reading and learning from.