Could you escape detection?
Would your off grid experience prepare you for this? Going truly off grid from everything??
With some of the news these days, we may all feel a little bit like someone is out there trying to get us and lock us up just for being off grid.
Well, a new reality TV show based in Ireland and Great Britain wants participants to live totally off grid for five (5) weeks. Off grid participants must agree to no phones, no credit cards. AND to being chased by professional surveillance experts. To stay in the “game” they must be able to avoid getting caught by the detectives.
As part of the promotion, a London campaign has been created to give tips on how to disappear in today’s digital age.
They have potential here for some fun and scary scenarios. I haven’t seen how to post the trailer here on this site so I’ve taken some screen shots and provided a link to the site here. Although this will only be on British TV for now, I don’t expect it will take long for the US to either show it on BBC-America or create their own version.
Would you want to do this? What do you think are their odds? I think it will be a fun and enlightening show. I hope to be on the edge of my seat with this one. Probably yelling at the participants at their mistakes.
Fourteen members of the public have chosen to go on the run for five weeks, giving up their mobile phones, credit cards and any contact with their family or friends for Hunted.
They will be tracked by a team of 12 surveillance experts, both in the headquarters and out in the field.
Dr Ricky Allen, a father-of-three from south London, said he wanted to take part because of his dislike for authority figures and he hopes his medical knowledge and camping skills will combine to help him outwit the hunters.
He said: “I have three kids and my family are everything to me. The surveillance state will be a threat to the way they live, their quality of life in the years to come so I’m doing this because the power of the state frightens me and I want to prove that I can beat them.”
Leicester brothers, Dove and Harry Singh want this experience to challenge people’s prejudices. They plan to stay off the grid by visiting temples, mosques and churches and relying on the “kindness of others”.
Tech-obsessed newlyweds Adam and Emma Channell expect to put their marriage to the test with this experience, but Adam said having a surveillance state means “you have to trust those in power to use it well”.
To promote new reality show “Hunted,” in which a bunch of people will try to go off-grid without being tracked, Channel 4 has launched a campaign across London that gives people tips on how to disappear in the 21st century.
…This is a six-part “real-life thriller” in which a group of ordinary people will go on the run, tracked by a team including an ex-CIA agent and ex-Head of the Counter Terrorist Unit.
Meanwhile, contextual ads will appear across websites and social media platforms containing messages relevant to the specific content a person is viewing. For example, visitors to finance web sites will read “forget your savings. All your card purchases leave a trail,” and ads on sport-related sites will tell readers that “The only one on your side is you.” Geo-targeted banner ads will serve location specific information to people browsing the internet on their phones: for example someone in or around Liverpool Street train station might see an ad stating “Liverpool Street is the first place they’ll look for you.”
Do you find it scary how they can target us?
Top Photo: Channel 4