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Re: Jim Dilettoso Finally Exposed for Good?

From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 98 10:14:34 PST
Fwd Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 23:19:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Jim Dilettoso Finally Exposed for Good?

> From: RGates8254 <RGates8254@aol.com> [Robert Gates]
> Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 20:28:49 EST
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Jim Dilettoso Finally Exposed for Good?

> >  To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
> >  From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
> >  Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Jim Dilettoso Finally Exposed for Good?
> >  Date: Tue, 10 Mar 98 20:22:52 PST

> >  Are we living in the
> >  golden age of the saucer charlatan, or is it just that with all
> >  the media outlets available today that did not exist in the
> >  earlier history of the UFO controversy, the charlatans and
> >  bullslingers are more visible than ever?  I still don't have an
> >  answer to that question.

> Jerry,

> Personal opinion is that we DO NOT live in a golden age
> of the saucer  charlatan   We do live in an age where anybody
> and everybody can post their tale on a Web site, go on the
> lecture circuit, release their own videos etc etc.

> Had Adamski or Van Tassel been around today they probably would
> have had their own videos, web sites with their tales and stories
> and would have been invited on to the UFO lecture circuit.  The
> sponsors of the lectures would have justified with the rational
> of "well our job is to just put the story out so that people can
> agree or disagree with them and come to their own conclusions.

> The ease and availability of mass communication has also led to a
> marked (in my opinion) increase in UFO documentarys, videos etc.
> Unlike the 50s when the movie U.F.O. was considered to be the big
> "event" of the UFO community.

> Overall, I think this is and has been good, you just must
> hopefully use sound judgements in the material that we see.

> My opinion, for whatever its worth.

> Cheers,
> Robert


Excellent points.

One of ufologists' less attractive qualities, it seems to me, is
their ever more pronounced affinity for self-laceration --
expressed in overheated rhetoric which might even pass for
self-loathing.  Yes, ufology and ufologists have their faults,
but we are far from the worst thing that ever happened to the
world, and we're certainly much more likely to be right than all
those authority figures who continue to assure us nothing out of
the ordinary or scientifically interesting is going on in our
skies.  In that sense history will judge us charitably.

None of the above is to say that we ought not to engage in the
essential practice of self-policing.  It is to urge, however,
that we keep things in perspective.  What may be happening --
what may be giving some the impression that we are in the golden
age of the saucer charlatan -- is that since we humans now have
more avenues of communication and expression than ever before in
history, there is more of EVERYTHING, good stuff, bad stuff, and
all between.

Jerry Clark

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