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Re: Media & 'Truth'

From: John Velez <johnvelez.aic.nul>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 16:54:46 -0500
Archived: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:17:43 -0500
Subject: Re: Media & 'Truth'


>From: Paul Kimball <Kimballwood.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 22:08:18 EST
>Subject: Re: Media & 'Truth'

>>From: John Velez <johnvelez.aic.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 12:03:25 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Media & 'Truth'

>Dear Mr. Velez:

><snip>

>>I don't think even contracts would make a difference. I've
>>gotten to the point where I ask one question and one question
>>only when ever I am invited to participate in one of these 'UFO'
>>programs: "Is the material being presented as 'news' or as
>'>entertainment'? The end result... I haven't consented to do
>>anything I have been invited to participate in for more than
>>three years.

>'>We don't need no stinking contracts!' We just need to refuse to
>>participate in any more 'for entertainment only' productions
>>that we are invited to appear in.

>As a lawyer who also happens to be a film and television
>producer/director, I can only respond by saying that you always
>need contracts, and they do make a difference. Further, they're
>always open to negotiation.

Although I do appreciate your comments Paul, I'm not surprised
that a lawyer would consider contracts as necessary as air.  :)

I was talking about out and out misinformation however. My
comment about contracts was an aside to the main topic of media
deception and manipulation. Those are the real issues.

Contracts? The only ones that can understand that kind of legal
Esperanto is 'other lawyers.' To the rest of us 'Great Unwashed'
it's all gibberish. What truly concerns me is the lack of
honesty and integrity in the reporting of certain members of the
media.

Contracts? I leave that to the guys in your profession. I was
merely expressing a layman's opinion of them. Maybe in an
idealized world a thousand years from now, a man's word will be
his contract. For now, I agree with you, we need contracts. We
just don't have to like it.  :)

>Entertainment is about conflict, and all television and film is
>entertainment, even as it informs - even documentaries, and even
>news (especially news!). And, as there is no consensus about
>matters ufological, conflict more than acceptable - it is the
>nature of the beast.

Sure, to a large extent the media provides what the public
wants. But... you have to admit that there is also a lot
pandering by the media to the lowest common denominator in many
instances.

The problem with all this is; when it comes to the subject of
UFOs the public is not getting the whole story. Rather, they are
more often than not exposed to whatever point of view a
particular producer may think will put asses in the seats the
night their program airs.

That, has nothing at all to do with, and very often conflicts
with, the honest representation and reporting of a phenomenon
that affects us all. And quite possibly affects us in a negative
fashion. There is an urgency to all of this that few are able to
fully appreciate. We simply don't have time to putz around and
play 'games.' Too much is at stake for us to indulge our own
continued ignorance.

>>Without us... they have no Show.

>Alas, no... there will always be a show, because people find the
>subject of UFOs/abductions/alien life fascinating. And all
>television and film, like it or not, is about entertainment,
>especially the news.

I wonder how 'entertaining' people would find being dragged out
of their homes in the middle of the night in their underwear by
non-human entities who subject them to all kinds of invasive,
terrifying and _dehumanizing_ procedures.

People better wake up, and soon. There's nothing amusing or
'entertaining' going on. What is happening to me and mine today
can be happening to you and yours tomorrow.

Laugh now... pay later.

>The question is whether ufologists want to make a contribution
>to it, or sit on the sidelines. If taking your case and
>presenting it to as many people as possible is the goal, then
>sometimes you have to take your chances, and sometimes you might
>get burned. It seems to me, however, that the potential reward
>is worth the risk.

I've been doing just that for over seven years now, Paul. And
I've been burned about as badly as anyone can be. I have
survived it all and managed to keep my focus only because I am
always acutely aware of the _urgency_ of the situation and
because I feel a _deep_ sense of responsibility to my fellow
man. People in my position cannot enjoy the luxury of disbelief.
My 'way' is always clear before me. I have no choice. I would
not be able to live with myself if I kept my mouth shut about
what I know and said nothing.

We (witnesses/abductees) are not (for the most-part) 'amused' or
'entertained' by what we see the media feeding the public. We
are even less amused when we are "used" in order to advance a
dishonest and completely self-serving agenda. There's going to
be a huge price to pay for all that 'entertainment' one day and
for all the dismissive and damaging snickering and ridicule.

I, for one, will not knowingly contribute to their efforts to
'entertain' the public in this fashion. It's a dangerous and
irresponsible road they walk down. I can only speak for myself,
but they'll all have to take the trip down that perilous road
alone and without my cooperation I'm afraid. Me and my 'truth'
will take that less travelled, little, dirt road off to the side
there thank you very much.


Regards,

John Velez
Victim of a 'hatchet job' perpetrated by NOVA

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