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Re: 'Fleet' Is Biased Term - Smith

From: James Smith <zeus001002.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 09:23:29 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Fwd Date: Wed, 25 May 2005 16:40:58 -0400
Subject: Re: 'Fleet' Is Biased Term - Smith

>From: William Weber <wweber1.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 10:27:52 -0400
>Subject: Re: 'Fleet' Is Biased Term

>>From: James Smith <zeus001002.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 09:30:33 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
>>Subject: 'Fleet' Is Biased Term

>>Who on the List believes that the very term "Fleets" used to
>>describe the Mexican UFO videos is biased and leads the reader
>>to believe the video is of a collection of intelligently
>>controllable vehicles which may at least (though highly
>>unlikely) have origination from contemporary Earth and at most
>>derive from alien (off-world, time travelers, whatever)?

>Who on this List enjoys being treated like a dope? I assume you'd
>prefer the word 'flocks'. So what? Nobody pretends to know what
>these things are, any more than they pretend photos, by themselves,
>will provide ultimate proof of anything. Don't you think readers
>know this? Don't you think your assumption is more than a little

Yes, I agree that we on the List are more able to sift the
meaning out of the terminology.  However, when the public sees
the term, they are led down a path of meaning which is
inappropriate at this time.  For hype purposes, "fleets" is the
most dramatic and useful term.  For serious UFOlogical purposes,
it is not.  If one wishes to convey to the public that one is
serious about researching this phenomena then one does not use
biased or leading terms unless one can back it up.  A fleet
implies that it is either alien or human constructed spaceships.
It is hardly even a UFO at that point.  I don't think this has
been proven adequately to do.

Flocks is not appropriate either. Multiple, many, numerous,
multitudinous,multitudinal,myriad, even "oodles" and "mucho" and
"slew" are more appropriate, at least for public consumption.

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