Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Is Ufology Dead Or Just Dozing? - McGonagle
- ----- Original Message -----
>From: Steven Kaeser <steve@...><snip>
>Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 13:16:52 -0500
>Subject: Re: Is Ufology Dead Or Just Dozing?
>>From: Roy Hale <roy.hale@...>
>>Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 16:07:36 -0000
>>Subject: Re: Is Ufology Dead Or Just Dozing?
>In my opinion, ufology needs a credible National (thence
>How does one differentiate between good and bad research (or
>information) on the Internet? There are many good researchers
>who have placed their material on the Internet, but how does
>someone new to the field know that one site is better than
>another? Do we take the Art Bell approach and simply let the
>audience decide for themselves?
International) authority, a group perhaps elected by the various
local groups, which has the power to set policies and standards
within ufology, and issue (or withdraw!) a "standards compliance"
certificate of some kind.
Of course, this would lead to accusations of "elitism" etc, but
so what? If it does raise standards, and becomes recognised as a
national focal point for the media, the public, and the
authorities, who cares if the "Alien spotters of Great Britain"
(membership 5 million worldwide, HQ address flat 3b, 14 backend
road, Worthington, Sussex) get the hump and goes off in a huff?
Both of the members (sorry, I mean the President and the
Vice-president(Global Operations)) will continue to be ignored.
Ufology needs to bite the bullet and take hold of the reins,
otherwise it will simply continue to move in circles. Of course
this will take a great deal of time an effort, but I believe it
>The Internet has provided a tremendous forum for networking inI don't believe that all of the blame can be placed on the advent
>this genre that has never before existed, but it also has
>created an anarchy that seems to have no foundation and major
>UFO research organizations throughout the world have been
of the internet, this has just accelerated the effect. It is just
that some people's minds have been so open that their brains have
fallen out! The Internet is simply a convenient platform for some
people who would never be considered viable by the mainstream
media to air their views and gain support from gullible, or
equally "open minded" people. The same effect can be found in the
printed media before the internet was widely available, for
example, Flying Saucer Review.
>Are we in a scientific pursuit of knowledge or do we remain aI think that the answer is both-we are a loosely knit community,
>loosely knit group of people who happen to share a similar
>interest and have the ability to communicate with one another.
a large part of which deeply desires and strives for the
recognition of ufology by the authorities, acadaemia, and the
publc as a ligitimate area of study. The rational voices of the
community are drowned out by the raucous squealing from the
sheep-diviners and high priests of the minority which have
effectively taken over by virtue of the fact that they make more
entertaining subjects for the media.