Friday, May 30, 2008

Deadliest Catch and Deep Sea Compared

- Deadliest Catch - From Wikipedia

I thought this, regarding Deadliest Catch - was amusing:
But they're also a kind of riposte to the smirkiness and high-class problems of TV's upscale hits. You want an existential crisis? How about getting clocked across your freaking head with a steel oil-drill chain?
it's from"Reality TV's Working Class Heroes" by James Poniewozik in Time Magazine.

When I tell people what I do they often mention that they have seen the show and wonder if I is anything like working deep-sea on a big merchant ship. I tell them it is not, but after reading the TIME article I thought this was a good descriptions of what it is like to constantly be aware of commercial pressure
"...here, everything is denominated in dollar terms. You hear the price tag whenever a saw gets lost ($1,000) or a pipe gets jammed ($50,000) or a worker calls in sick ($1,000 an hour in company revenue). Economic risk is as ever present as the physical danger, and--by pushing workers to go faster and harder--one feeds the other. The workers know precisely how much everything costs, not just the crab and the crude but also their family time, their rest, even their safety.
I can relate there - The cost of an hours delay, the cost to steam an extra few miles. The extra costs in time and energy of injuries or damaged equipment. Everything has a cost, even the time to deal with regulators and agents might have been better spend rechecking a part order. So yes, in a way, it is what it is like.

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