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Re: Popular Mechanics/Popular Science & UFOs

From: Al Baier  <baiera@meau.mea.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 08:40:28 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 10:09:23 -0400
Subject: Re: Popular Mechanics/Popular Science & UFOs


>From: Steven Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Popular Mechanics/Popular Science & UFOs
>Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 21:00:55 -0400

>>From: Al Baier <baiera@meau.mea.com>
>>To: updates@globalserve.net
>>Subject: Re: Popular Mechanics/Popular Science & UFOs
>>Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 13:18:36 -0500

>>Larry and list:

>>I must take exception to your characterization of Popular
>>Science, by associating it with Popular Mechanics. They are very
>>different magazines.

>>PS has a long and distinguished history of science reporting for
>>the layman. One of the best articles on Area 51 ever printed
>>anywhere appeared in PS a few years ago.

>>PM, on the other hand, has been justly criticized for its
>>UFO-related articles.

>>I've read PS, PM, and Scientific American for 40 years. Believe
>>me, if or, when UFOs, ETs etc. are proven fact, you won't read it
>>in SA first.

>>Best Regards,
>>Al

>Popular Science and Popular Mechanics are associated by the fact
>that they are published by the same company; however, that
>doesn't mean that they share the same editorial staff (and I
>would suspect that they do not). On the other hand, as noted
>earlier, PS is a far cry from Scientific American and their
>articles reflect an attempt to attract a large (and young)
>non-scientifically trained readership. The article about Area 51
>in PS was fairly well written, as I recall. It should not be
>confused with the PM article last year, which left a lot to be
>desired.

>But the last point raised is one that I would echo. Many young
>people obtained their first view of science through the eyes of
>PS and PM, before the bombardment of other media that in many
>respects have since taken their place. I only wish the first
>exposure of young people to the UFO genre was more accurately
>portrayed. PM was obviously trying to spark sales with their
>front page story, and like most other media it was really more
>about money than truth.

>Steve

You are correct about the way UFO 'science' is portrayed in the
media in general.

It is too bad that most people (not just young people) get their
UFO info from the popular press.

Maybe the Web can begin to change that, but hey, people have to
learn to think for themselves.

That's a even more critical with anything you find on the Web,
where there is NO pressure to be responsible.

Al



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