Originally posted by hermantinkly
What the heck are you talking about? This type of rubbish is insiduous to UFOlogy. Sure it helps people realize that it's easy to fake UFO videos (as
if we didn't already know this), but it also harms the integrity of the subject and the credibility of the people who have had genuine experiences
and taken authentic footage, like myself.
Thank god it only looked real up until it ascended off into the clouds.
Wooah, I'm a skeptic, yet I believe - I've seen some stuff that I think is UFO (earth/alien-based?), but it's never been proven... I think it's
logical there are other civilisations out there and statistically we're probably being visited. Hell, I even believe some of the more fringe
Yet I don't take myself so seriously as to have my belief system rocked by a couple of kids (pretty creatively) mucking around. The majority of
people I know (colleagues, family etc - and I have a pretty average job) also believe in the existence of aliens, it's just not such a big deal to
them, especially in the current economic times. Here in the UK we have some pretty crappy tabloids that seem to be running many more UFO based
stories, although they seem to be "Strange lights spotted over..." as opposed to "Women gives birth to alien/reptile hybrid"... so I think the
subject is getting more acceptance in the mainstream, with that will come many things, you notice how the traditional Grey has entered the public
consciousness? Little alien keyrings etc, etc...
I don't think this is really that insidious to UFOlogy, no more than sci-fi movies, the X-Files etc, it's just symptomatic of a wider public
awareness of a possibility of the phenomena... people hoax/make fakes in many different fields, sadly that's human nature, but a couple of kids - so
what? Good for them. This reminds me of the story of the kids paintings that fooled loads of art dealers, thinking they were "lost masterpieces" -
can't find the story I'm thinking of but here's a similar link...
Now, a lot of people don't think of UFOlogists as fringe nutters, to be completely frank, most people I know think of them as middle-aged, real ale
drinking virgins, lonely geeks, with "specialist interests" ~ I'd like to think I'm bucking that trend. The problem as I see isn't UFOlogy being
made a farce of, but UFOlogy having a hissy fit over something trivial, (which makes us look even more fringey) this case isn't like a MAJOR HOAX,
unlike a lot of stuff we've had on here, where people have deliberately joined for the purpose of hoaxing - which I abhor.
I'd love it, but I don't think we'll get contact or disclosure in my lifetime, yet I see a greater public awareness of the topic and an acceptance,
like everything else in the public domain there will be gossip, frauds and a lot of general crap flying round, hold your head above it.