I’m annoyed, people.
I’m annoyed with the pseudo-paranormal researchers who have the audacity to pretend they represent me and all of the decent paranormal researchers I know in the media when this simply isn’t the case at all. These people couldn’t be further from being decent paranormal researchers if they were blind flamingos, but the headlines they and their behaviour generates, the ease with which they accept television appearances, and the medias willingness to allow apparent kooks onto their shows makes it all so much easier for them to interact with the public and leave them with a completely inaccurate representation of what paranormal research is about.
Of course, those with the most outlandish approach to fringe subjects have always gained the most attention simply because of the nature of the claims they make, but maybe it is just me who feels uncomfortable with the amount of bad researchers who get more attention that those working their arses off for actual good results?
It’s easy to point and laugh at them with our ghost researching friends, to roll our eyes and assure ourselves that we’d ‘never succumb to that‘, but we rarely stop to consider the impact these people could be having, and how we, through out inaction, are letting them have. People start to think these pseudo-paranormal researchers are experts and that they know what they’re talking about.
When they talk of finding evidence about the whereabouts of missing deceased children, how pseudo-science is evidence of a haunting, or how they exorcised 50 ghosts from a home they are harming the work of people who care about paranormal research. So how do we, as believers, non-believers, academics, amateurs, critics or supporters deal with this common problem? This common enemy?
Why not leave a comment below with your thoughts.