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Thursday, January 17, 2019

History Channel’s Project Blue Book: Entertainment or Outrage?

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My pal Kevin Randle has a piece at his blog [kevinrandle.blogspot.com] in which he confronts the UFO community brouhaha about the entertaining (for some) History Channel’s Project Blue Book.

Kevin thinks that some of us “outraged” by the liberties taken with much of the facts of iconic UFO events are making too much of the dramatic license the program has stretched to the breaking point.

And while he has some caveats about the show, he’s opted to be entertained by it.

His piece also has a nice response from J. Allen Hynek’s son Paul, who is one of the Hynek family members acting as a consultant for the series.

(I’ve noted that the Hyneks probably like the series as it makes Allen Hynek heroic.)

But let me quibble with Kevin about the entertainment value…

Don’t we humans have an overwhelming amount of entertainment venues, devices, TV, shows, sports, novels, movies, recreational areas, amusement parks, friend gatherings, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera?

Do we UFO enthusiasts need our long-time topic of interest (UFOs) to be in that category also?

Can’t we have just one TV show that doesn’t make a mockery of the panoply we know as ufology or the UFO phenomenon?

The History Channel, Destination America, and several other TV operations have already deluged us (UFO buffs) with Hangar One, the Ancient Alien nonsense, and other UFO “documentaries” that have besmirched, besmudged, and denigrated the UFO topic with ham-fisted distortions of activity that deserves a fair and sensible rendering, at least once.

That UFO folks, even those as respected as Kevin, allow the current travesty (Project Blue Book) to air without complaint is a sore spot with those of us who just want a fair hearing and offering about a phenomenon that is already so muddled by half-ass “researchers” and “investigators” (along with the news media) that UFOs can’t be mentioned in polite company.

And now, the foolishness of Project Blue Book, scorned by my crowd pretty much but relished by Kevin’s and a few others.

Enough already…

RR

3 Comments:

  • But Rich... you must wait for part two of my "analysis" of the second episode.

    By Blogger KRandle, at Thursday, January 17, 2019  

  • I'm looking forward to it, KR.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, January 18, 2019  

  • "Don’t we humans have an overwhelming amount of ... friend gatherings?"

    In real life? No. Case in point: are you sure they are really your friends you are gathering around with? This is the only planet I know of in the Universe where hundreds of millions of people can complain about being all alone, despite being on a planet with billions of people all around them.

    "Do we UFO enthusiasts need our long-time topic of interest (UFOs) to be in that category also?"

    One should not go to extremes in their thinking or actions -- people need to learn a little intellectual self-control in addition to a little self-control when it comes to driving or spending or polluting.

    "Can’t we have just one TV show that doesn’t make a mockery of the panoply we know as ufology or the UFO phenomenon?"

    They aren't making a mockery of Ufology or the UFO phenomenon so much as they are making fun of all the circus clowns running the equivalent of a Late Night UFO Show.

    "That UFO folks ... [are] so muddled by half-ass 'researchers' and 'investigators' (along with the news media) that UFOs can't be mentioned in polite company"

    So either get some new friends or find some different company to keep.

    Forget the UFO storytale and instead focus on the storytellers. How many people are there that are pro-ET-piloted-UFOs, and are respectable, credible people instead of New Age fruitcakes? Put someone up front on the pro side of the UFO "debate" for once, that looks and sounds good instead of looking and sounding half-assed.

    I say "debate" in quotes because there is no actual debate. No evidence equals no debate, and there has been absolutely no actual credible or scientifically acceptable evidence provided for anything related to UFOs so far. Blurry, out-of-focus pictures to go along with those poorly sounding tall tales that sound like a 5-year old just made it up, doesn't cut it.

    That doesn't mean there isn't nothing to get all excited about when it comes to at least some UFO fairytales, for example, the Battle For Los Angeles was very compelling -- but it is the only one that I know of so far.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Friday, January 25, 2019  

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