Paranormal TV Shows

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5 years 6 months ago #18 by Mat Owens
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As a long term serious investigator of the paranormal, the last decade of paranormal TV shows has been a bit disappointing. There has been some good and bad out of this popular genre of reality TV. The upside has been the awareness and acceptance of paranormal phenomenon within the public. More and more people are now open to publicly discussing their experiences and seeking help from investigators. The subject matter of the paranormal is no longer taboo as it used to be. The downside is the amount of amateur thrill seekers TV has created. As part of the purpose of the paranormal teams directory website was to create a web space for those seeking help to find experienced and vetted investigators of the paranormal. We recently looked through several other “popular” paranormal team directories online and found that the vast majority of paranormal teams had disbanded or their contact information was inaccurate. When reaching out to some of the remaining teams, the story was always the same, a TV show influenced their decision to get “involved”. More often than not, when these folks found out how much work and dedication it takes to help clients and that the TV shows only show the fun part of investigating, most people abandon paranormal investigation for another hobby.

To bring focus back to the TV shows, I want you to read this carefully…. “reality TV shows are typically edited and scripted to provide for the best ratings for the network that carries them”. What does this mean you ask? Well, it means there are some shows that have fake evidence, explainable occurrences made out to be over dramatic, and have the shows stars dishonestly represent scenarios and methods to appease the network executives for ratings. TV shows are all about ratings. Ratings drive the amount of money the networks can charge for advertising during the show’s commercial breaks. The higher the ratings, the higher the advertising fees. Network producers jobs are to figure out how to keep viewers engaged and coming back each week to see the show. Most network producers would sell their mother for a few higher rating points. Don’t forget, paranormal TV celebrities are getting paid to appear on TV. Most have sold out their ideals and morals for a paycheck. Most people with an opportunity for TV stardom and a fun pay day would compromise their principals if urged by network execs. It’s just the nature of the beast. With that being said, I no longer watch paranormal related TV shows. The last few times that I did, I found myself either laughing or yelling at the TV at all the things I saw being done incorrectly. Oh, and by the way, paranormal teams that lock themselves in locations to scare themselves silly and claim every piece of dust flying by the camera as evidence annoy me to no end. That’s not the way that paranormal investigating should be done.
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5 years 5 months ago #19 by Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman replied the topic: Paranormal TV Shows
Great post and insight into our current perception in today's society. I watched a move the other night (The Omega Code) and a statement in the movie concerning the power of TV fits nicely into this commentary. In the movie, the Antichrist was able to manipulate the power of television to ascend to his place as the world's savior ( davidhedison.net/hedison/galleries/film/megiddo2/index.htm ) .

Your post, although a much smaller scale, does illustrate how easily positions, morals and ethics are perverted once the camera is turned on.

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