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Re: Annie Jacobsen's Roswell Source Cracked?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 08:26:19 -0500
Archived: Sun, 03 Jul 2011 12:49:01 -0400
Subject: Re: Annie Jacobsen's Roswell Source Cracked?


>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:33:14 +0100
>Subject: Re: Annie Jacobsen's Roswell Source Cracked?

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 23:55:02 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Annie Jacobsen's Roswell Source Cracked?

<snip>

>Just a thought Jerry, but might some of the ire be down to her
>status as a 'newbie' ?

>In recondite areas of human endeavour there is frequently a
>sense of ownership built up by semi-closed groups of enthusiast-
>protagonists. Much of the self-esteem of these individuals is
>based on their self-ascribed status as expert insiders. When a
>perceived outsider enters the field with a new information
>source or hypothesis they often meet with automatic, sometimes
>visceral, rejection, not as a result of what they have to say,
>but simply because of what they are.

I think that's a point, Gerald, but surely a minor one. It fails
to explain the condescending references (not just on this List
but broadly throughout ufology) to Jacobsen by her first name -
as if she were a child - when male Roswell researchers of any
vintage are called (sometimes in the same sentence) by their
last.

I gently noted this practice in the hope that writers who used
it unthinkingly would notice and cease doing it. I didn't expect
a thunderingly defensive response. Actually, I thought I'd said
something so obviously true that it would generate no
controversy whatever. The last thing I thought was that it would
actually make somebody mad.


Jerry Clark



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