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.