From: Will Bueche <willb3d.nul> Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 19:00:59 -0500 Archived: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 14:25:13 -0500 Subject: Re: Terminology >From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1.nul> >To: ufoupdates.nul >Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 06:43:43 -0500 >Subject: Re: Terminology - Coleman >Sorry my feedback offended >Ms. Connors. I thought that's what was requested, feedback. <snip> >Loren Coleman Latin roots aside, I agree the word "crypto" won't fly for the simply reason that the word is currently associated with creepy words, like crypt for example. This subject has too much "eek" factor as it is. "Para" has the same effect. The only research area in this field that came up with a classy- sounding name are the "cereologists" who study crop circles. Personally I'd encourage people to say the words "unidentified flying object" rather than say "UFO," for the simple reason that the term is abbreviated so often that there is probably one or two entire generations who have no idea what it stands for, unless they were a fan of the X-files. Give them words they can hold on to without any specialized knowledge. When reporters write on this subject, I try to help them with their language a bit, suggesting terms like "alien contact," "contact," "alien encounter," "interaction", "visit," "episode," etcetera, so they realize that in their reporting they can create more nuance than they would if they only used "abduction" as a catch-all word (which they often do, even when it does not apply). Developing language is important if we are to convey what we mean, and I applaud Connors for making an effort, even if her first suggestion didn't seem to take. By the way, on a related note, I want to mention that anyone who interacts with reporters might do well to have a few copies of the young-adult almanac, "Almanac of Alien Encounters" by Eric Elfman, to place into reporters' hands for instant perspective. In 168 short pages (with plenty of sketches and sidebars) it covers the entire phenomenon in depth and most importantly with remarkable neutrality, in short, easy-to-read entries. Like children, reporters need info that is succinct and fast, and Elfman's almanac delivers - and exceeds the youth market it may have been intended for. Order a case. (It's retail price is US$4.99).
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