From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul> Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:38:50 +0000 Archived: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:29:49 -0500 Subject: Re: The List Fades To Black I'd like to express firstly my respect and admiration for Errol. His task as moderator of the List was no doubt time consuming and at times frustrating, and produced little reward or recognition. IAs an administrator of a different list, I know that I couldn't have put up with the manual intervention required by the nature of UFO UpDates. Although by no means perfect, the List has performed a function over the years, and survived where many similar Lists have expired with hardly anyone noticing their passing. I have little doubt that someone will try to provide a similar service, but in my opinion, such an attempt will be doomed to failure. Isaac's complaint about duplication of effort and the perpetuation of known and debunked UFO myths endlessly circulating in cyberspace will continue to be the status quo for ufology. Even UFO UpDates couldn't prevent that, and nor can any substitute. Easy access to social media such as Facebook and Twitter are both an obstacle and a tool for ufology. On Facebook, I see on an almost daily basis posts circulating myths which people are all too willing to believe. We really don't need to drink 25 litres of water every day to remain healthy, and lemons don't really cure cancer. Facebook, blogs, and also personal web-sites are all conduits through which unreliable or even downright untrue UFO stories are channeled (sometimes in the sense of mental communications with aliens) into UFO culture. Those wishing to deliberately contaminate and distort UFO information know this, and deliberately avoid forums such as UpDates where they can be pretty sure they will be challenged. For that reason alone, UpDates will be sorely missed by ufology. Best wishes to all for 2014, especially Errol. Joe 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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