Apparently, there is a an internet/email rumor circulating that the program was real. See this documentation of it by the best urban legend site there is, Snopes.com. Perhaps people really are buying into this stuff? It can’t be too many but even a small population is enough. It’s enticing to believe in mermaids. Such myths in our culture, presented more often and more realistically, does tend to push the believers more to the right and some people who never thought about it, but now think it might be fun to entertain such a thought, over to that side as well. No critical thinking happens. Belief is “fun”. Why not?
Here is a review of the piece by Brian Switek where he declares that the program “embodies the rotting carcass of science TV”. Indeed. Animal Planet is a steaming pile of dung these days. It’s making people more ignorant.
Doubtful News still gets many search result hits on the word “mermaid” which suggests it is certainly one of those current buzzwords, like ‘zombie’, and ‘Miley Cirus engagement’. I don’t usually get snarky here but I can’t help but get angry when people pull misguided zombie hoaxes (like here) and silly mermaid jokes like this site: Believe in Mermaids where the site is just a hoax takedown notice. How pathetic. This would totally have been better as a UFO believer site, which reminds me… remember what happened when the authors and the media rejuvenated a very dead Roswell story, warped it, and made it into a staple of American pop legend? Such mythology fuels government distruct, media carelessness for bucks and shallow thinking by a portion of the population (“I seen it on TV, it MUST be real!”). No sir, I don’t like the way this is going. Like the zombie publicity meme, I wish it would go away. So, this is my feeble attempt to beat this wholly fictional monsters back with a stick.