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Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates - Evans

From: Roger Evans <shooter@afterimagephoto.tv>
Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 12:19:08 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 13:43:51 -0400
Subject: Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates - Evans

 >From: John Velez <jvif@spacelab.net>
 >Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2001 05:22:55 -0400
 >Subject: Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates
 >To: UFO Updates <updates@sympatico.ca>

 >>Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 22:12:47 -0500
 >>To: UFO Updates <updates@sympatico.ca>
 >>From: Bobbie Felder <jilain@ebicom.net>
 >>Subject: Re: High Silliness on UFO UpDates

Previously Wendy had claimed:

 >>>They do have a more honest right to an opinion on ufology in
 >>>all its forms based solely on having done the research, rather
 >>>than those who have not or failed to unbiasly read their
 >>>contributions. My bookshelf contains many examples of their
 >>>acumen and research... I don't see anything by you on the shelf.

Bobbie replied:

 >>You won't find anything by me on any of your shelves either, but
 >>this whole thread screams for a comment. I am not a ufologist...

 >>I am not a professional researcher or investigator. I am a
 >>Consumer... meaning I am one of the working schmucks out here
 >>who plops down my hard earned cash at the book store to buy the
 >>books put out by all these self-proclaimed "ufologists" and "ufo
 >>experts"... that information that was catagorized as being out
 >>there for all to see. It is there for all to see... if one is
 >>willing plop down the 29.95 for that book, that is.

John now writes:

 >For some reason this is only a "problem" in ufology. I never
 >hear anybody beating up on Stephen King or Martha Stewart for
 >charging so much for _their_ books. Or people complaining about
 >having to pay for the books in order to read them.

Hi, John!

I really think you need to re-read what Wendy wrote, very

"I don't see anything by you on the shelf."

This pretty much sums up the problem, John. Attitude.

Bobbie's beef isn't how much money that the UFO elite make off
their books. By all accounts, it isn't much. However, it is
profitable enough to get printed in the first place. And since
being in print is the _real_ distinction that Wendy makes for
being a "serious contributor", then Bobbie's point is still
valid: If you alienate your audience by suggesting their
opinions are worthless, then they stop buying your books. When
sales drop, then the printing stops. Should the printing stop,
then someone might very well say to Ms. Connors, "I don't see
anything by you on the shelf."

So it is a bit naive to suggest that sales are not a
consideration in keeping the ETH alive and kicking at all costs.
Wendy just needs to be reminded who butters her bread to replace
the notion that everyone else's opinion takes second fiddle to
the UFO elite. Otherwise, they can just sell their books to each
other, because I'll refuse to buy into such blatant arrogance.


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