Wishlist Item #1 — Media Tracking

I have to admit, I’m a bit perplexed about the reaction in some quarters to ABC’s abduction special last week. The author of this post, for example, was quite livid about the program and Juju Chang’s “piss poor excuse for journalism.” I’ve seen other commentary relating roughly the same thing, although in slightly less explicit terms.

Well, fair enough, it probably wasn’t a balanced program, at least in the eyes of someone who has a sincere interest in UFOs and the possibly related abduction phenomenon. But I really have to wonder what exactly people were expecting. Given the reactions, and the high level of disappointment, frustration, and anger, people must have been expecting to see a reasonable, if not favorable, program. Yer kiddin’ right?

If you want reasonable, go get David Cherniack’s recent documentary UFOs: The Secret History that has a whole extra dvd that covers the abduction phenomenon.  If I was a conspiracy type guy, I might actually think that ABC put out their program to overlap Cherniack’s recent documentary release. Nahh..

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about my wishlist. So what is the first (but not necessarily most important) item to go on the list? Some sort of media tracking website. Yes, yes, I know Joe Capp does UFO Media Matters, and that’s fine, but I’m talking less about a blog, and more about rating and tracking, something with a database in the background that can keep track of who is doing what in the area of UFO related media. Who is doing it well and who isn’t. Who is being fair, and who is biased.

The idea is to be able to keep track of what networks, producers, and tv-personalities are being fair and who aren’t. Then, if you’re someone who has an opportunity to be on one of these programs, you can view something of a report card for those potentially involved. On the one hand it makes it easier to know who to avoid, and at least as importantly, also who to support, even in non-ufo related projects.

Ok, so that’s my wishlist item #1. Feel free to comment and criticize.

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About nycjeff

Just another guy with an interest in UFOs. I work in finance. I live in New York City and I may have once seen a UFO aobve 8th avenue.

Posted on August 24, 2009, in Uncategorized, wishlist and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

    • Hi Arthur,
      Thanks for stopping in again.
      I’m not so much looking for stories. And maybe I need to go back and clarify my post. Sometimes things seem very clear to me when I write them, but when I read them after a period of time, they didn’t convey what I intended.

      I’m looking more for of an analysis of the quality of ufo stories, something that can be quantified.
      So, it would be more along the lines of an analysis what patterns are the stories following? Who uses ridicule? Who doesn’t? What experts are sought? Which authors seek to elevate a sheister over a competent researcher to make the phenomenon seem more outlandish? Who asks good questions? Who asks terrible questions. Which organizations are putting out the best, most reasonable coverage of ufo events? How about the worst, most slanted stories?

      Gathering stories would only be the first step. From there a scale to judge the story would need to be developed to objectively evaluate an article/broadcast piece (minus points for X-Files music) . And then, an archive would need to be created that could track the articles, their quality scores, and any additional analytical commentary.

      Too often, traditional media outlets get to put out formulaic pieces on the subject, and no one really calls them on it. Billy Cox at Blog DeVoid (link in the blog roll in the right hand column) talks about this all the time. It would be nice to have a database that evaluates and tracks these things so that people in the field can avoid talking to the people that will surely not give the subject a fair shake, and focus their efforts on those who will. Even if its not pro-ufo, it can be objective and reasonable.

  1. Ah, maybe this link will help (she seems to have the same professionalism as Billy Cox):

    http://www.angeliajoiner.com/

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