From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:40:09 +0100 Archived: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 05:35:43 -0400 Subject: Re: Nick Pope And PR Campaigns >From: Nick Pope <nick.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 19:47:09 +0200 (CEST) >Subject: Nick Pope And PR Campaigns [was:Nick Pope's Credibility Blown] >>From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> >>To: UFO UpDates <post.nul> >>Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:24:19 +0100 >>Subject: Nick Pope's Credibility Blown >>Remember all that hype from Nick Pope about an alien invasion at >>the Olympics? >>What's come over conservative and cautious Nick? we thought. >>Maybe, just maybe, he knows something we don't.... >>Not a chance - as this video and sound clip of emails exchanged >>between Nick and Richard Dolan make crystal clear. >>Shameless Nick confesses it was all a marketing ploy on his >>behalf to hype up a new Sony video game! >>And no he didn't see any need to make that clear - although one >>day he might explain it on his website. >>I agree with Dolan and the guy who made this video. >>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVJUZuGOimI >>Any reputation Nick Pope held onto as a serious journalist in >>the UFO subject is now well and truly shattered. <snip> >As part of the marketing campaign for the launch of the alien >invasion-themed Sony PlayStation game Resistance: Burning Skies >I was commissioned to draw up a war plan detailing how the UK >government might respond to a real-life alien invasion. The >document (and a clear explanation of the circumstances that led >to its creation) can be read at the following link, third story >down: >http://www.nickpope.net/latest-news.htm >Various media outlets ran stories based on this, but to the best >of my knowledge all of them contained a phrase such as to mark >the forthcoming release of the Sony PlayStation game Resistance: >Burning Skies, Sony has teamed up with former Ministry of >Defence UFO investigator Nick Pope to produce. >It seems that despite the blatant product plug, a few people >didn't spot that this was a marketing campaign. Nick, I don't have time or inclination to check all the web mentions of this story. But here's one at least from Examiner.com where no mention is made of the Sony PR stunt. http://tinyurl.com/72j98yw Most of the reports do seem to stem from this big story in the UK Daily Mail here: http://tinyurl.com/blvcpph The headlines scream: "Keep an eye on the skies for saucers during the Olympics Games, warns former MoD UFO expert" And the report begins: "UFO expert Nick Pope says massive summer events like the Olympics would be a prime time for an alien encounter Ministry of Defence 'has planned for the worst outcomes - attack and invasion We should be prepared for even the most seemingly unfathomable It continues: "One of the UK's top UFO experts has given his views on the likelihood of aliens suddenly appearing in our skies - and how the international community would respond. Nick Pope, who has more than two decades under his belt at the Ministry of Defence, said mass summer events - like the Olympic Games in London - would be a prime time for crafts from otherworlds to present themselves to mankind. He warned: "With the summer of mass events we are all on high alert for terrorism. But we must also cast our eyes further afield and be prepared for even the most seemingly unfathomable." Then way downpage the story quotes you: "Speaking about the cultural impact of aliens since the first widely-reported cases in the 1940s, he said: 'It is interesting to note that we are all in some ways equipped to deal with alien invasion - games such as Resistance: Burning Skies on PlayStation Vita help acclimatise people to the reality of extraterrestrial life - and in particular that they might be hostile." So after all those warnings and hype, this is the 'clue' you expect the public to pick up on to help them realise that everything that went before it, is bunkum? Any fair-minded reader would simply see this quote as you giving a blatant plug to a video game, certainly, but something you example to "acclimatise people to the reality of ET life - and in particular that they might be hostile." Please don't insult my intelligence, Nick. You used your contract with Sony and your self-generated reputation as a UFO 'expert', as a vehicle to put out this alarmist Olympic rubbish, regardless of the harm it does to serious UFO research. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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