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Re: Media Influence on Abduction Reports

From: rfsignal@sprynet.com [Cathy Johnson]
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 23:37:07 -0800
Fwd Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 11:20:33 -0500
Subject: Re: Media Influence on Abduction Reports


>From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: media influence on abduction reports
>Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 00:02:58 -0500

>Recently we've had one of our little teacup tempests about TV
>influence on the Hill case. Or in other words about Martin
>Kottmeyer's theory...that an Outer Limits episode, featuring an alien
>with wraparound eyes "that speak," furnished Betty and Barney Hill
>with the model of the aliens they claimed had abducted them.

>The more I think about this -- and about the debate we had -- the
>sadder I get. Betty Hill, as we know, denied that she and her husband
>had ever seen the Outer Limits. To which some of our skeptics
>replied: "But how do we know for SURE that they didn't? How do we
>know what else they might have seen on TV?"

I am so sure that it is a coincidence that the Outer Limits show
aired when it did in relation to the occurrence of the Hill case.
It takes years to write the story, plot the characters, cast the
set and tape, edit and get the show on tape to the television
broadcasting station.  I have no idea of all of the preparations
that had to take place for the Outer Limits show to air.  But, I
do know that the show was developed independently of the Hill
case.

Is there any way to check up on the preparations of the Outer
Limits television show?  Are any of the people associated with
its production still around to give us any idea of how long
before airing that the original story was developed into the
product that was shown? Perhaps this has already been done if
there was such a skeptical point about it.

Consider what is being said here, anyways.  If I have happened to
see a television show, like Babylon 5, for example, and watched
it once.  Does this imply that if I go out and have an experience
with a starship, even years later, that if my description of it
resembles in any way the characteristics of the starships
depicted on Babylon 5, that my entire experience will be
discounted?  If so, then I shudder to think about all of the
fiction I have seen or read.  This also eliminates me as a first
hand source of information about my own experience with that
supposed starship.  Or further, from any testimony of any of my
personal experiences during my life.

In reality, where can we draw the line about the outside
influences upon our own personal translations of experiences that
somehow exceed the boundaries of normalcy?

<------ Big snip ------>

>What I'm proposing here are ground rules for the scientific study of
>media influence on abductions -- and an end to petty debate on a
>subject that, at present, we haven't even begun to define.

I appreciate your great intent of setting ground rules.  But, I
know that you have little idea of the complexities that will
evolve to produce a remote possibility of what you intend.

Take care for now,
Cathy Johnson



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