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The New Ufologist is different. Launched in the summer of 1994 by a group of concerned investigators it has three key aims in mind. Firstly, to produce something that reflects serious Ufology which can update objective scientific theories, without descending into pure scepticism. Plus a medium for the most important new case histories presented in depth. This without rejecting any hypothesis, but also without the need to pander to sensationalism to sell copies. It will be sensible, progressive Ufology.
Also it is free of all group structures. Although positive contributions from any organisation will be accepted, the New Ufologist has no ties with any group. Instead it will be compiled by - and for - the UFO movement, primarily in Britain, with invited contributions from Europe and the rest of the world. At open meetings all readers will be offered a say in determining the format of the next issue. This will be a truly democratic outlet.
Finally, the publication will be non-profit making. It has no members to please and no officers expenses. All income beyond that to produce and distribute the magazine will form a central research and investigation fund. Anyone can submit ideas for a research project or more work on a significant case under investigation. At the regular open gatherings you will be able to allot grants from the fund to support the best of the suggested proposals.
In other words, without creating a new group, the New Ufologist will provide a focus for your case studies and research results. It also plans to create a repository of case files, where all can share the data provided.
I think it went the way that it did because by that time (the late 90s) UFO magazines were just not viable like they used to be and the net was really starting to be the source most used for contact and information. Also UFO groups in the traditional sense were disappearing. And various of the main folks within UFO circles in the UK that had worked on NUFON, UFOIN, New UFOlogist etc had decided that they had reached an impasse insofar as expecting any breakthroughs to appear. Many of them had become increasingly of a null hypothesis perspective as well. So for many reasons the UFO network that existed in Britain in the 70s - 90s ended with the Millennium and a new looser system replaced it. The problem always was that the most die hard UFO enthusiasts believed in the least credible things and so any publication trying to eschew the wilder shores of UFOlogy was going to be the first to become an endangered species.
The publication unfortunately folded after just 6 issues. Jenny Randles took the time today to provide me with the following comments:
I think it went the way that it did because by that time (the late 90s) UFO magazines were just not viable like they used to be and the net was really starting to be the source most used for contact and information.......
originally posted by: KellyPrettyBear
a reply to: mirageman
originally posted by: ch1n1t0
I can't help but ask (interestingly enough, I was thinking in the same lines a bit earlier today) - how do you find the will to keep going after the UFO enigma, and do it in such a concise professional manner?
Maybe the truth is out there but it isn't the truth a lot of people thought it was and they've lost interest?
originally posted by: mirageman
a reply to: 111DPKING111
Yes. Hangar One is an entertaining show but they don't seem to exercise any in depth analysis of the cases.
Is it lack of funding though? Surely this show has made them a fair wedge as it's shown in a large number of territories (especially the wealthier ones).
I get the impression that MUFON has gone the way of many favourite 'UFO researchers' and simply decided to join the UFO Infotainment business.