Entertainers of the paranormal
In the recent years the paranormal field has started to slowly spiral out of control, and now has become an easy way for people to make money. The television sitcoms (reality tv shows) have been the mainstream of paranormal investigators motivations of conducting investigations. The fact of the matter is that people forget that television uses methods of keeping people’s attention because without an entertainment value the shows would be off the air. The problem stems from the people that concentrate on the field of Entertainment or Fantasy paranormal. They confuse the individuals that are in the field of research by staying within character of the television persona at conventions or events folks attend.
The character that the persons portray on the television shows moves from fiction to reality, and this confuses the real paranormal investigators. The reason for this is because the actor has no idea of real paranormal research field other then what has been demonstrated on the TV show. Additionally because the actor is in the media spotlight regardless of what the actor does or says the individuals will take it at face value. I personally have interacted with some of these so-called actors telling everyone little white lies such as “I invented the full spectrum camera” or “EVPs are ghost”. To a new investigator this would be confusing, and since someone pretending to be the authority of the paranormal (acting) stated that individual will perceive it as factual.
Entertainers and Fantasy misconceptions
The show My Ghost Stories is the latest entertainment shows that not only confuses the public, but is also confusing the so called paranormal researchers. This show uses common misconceptions to support help support the individuals, investigators, or team’s paranormal experiences. A common misconception given the name ORB has and will always be airborne particles, caused through the light effect, flash, ccd or cmos (camera components), lighting, flash and lens. Additionally there have been no means of proving the existence of conscious energies because there is no argument to support that these explainable features are paranormal. Another common misconception is camera illusions that are caused because of camera imperfections and human error (Individuals understanding of a camera). The common misconceptions of camera illusions are pareidolia (Placing human characteristics into anything that may have the features), blurry photos (motion blur, and may distort the image on an image), mirror distorted imagery and light refraction (Trailing light – a very small light source is enough to cause this misconception).
There are folks that concentrate or use these types of explainable misconceptions as paranormal to keep within the spotlight of the public. Even after explaining that the misconceptions are explainable to not only a camera flaw, but human error of using the device. The only argument that will be used to support these common misconceptions is you’re “a skeptic”, “not a believer”, or “not spiritual”. Regardless of these folk’s lack of argument the bias or belief based research causes contamination within the field, and leads to an un-analytical based conclusion into a biased based conclusion with no supporting evidence. I have personal experience with these folks that will not take scientific fact as a means of explanation and because they have belief that wins the argument. We all know it doesn’t work that way and the explainable is not the unexplainable removing these from the paranormal. Early in this year a team announced they had the 100% conclusive evidence that ghost exist, and the conclusive evidence consisted of explainable misconceptions from motion blur, light refraction, and pareidolia. This is a growing concern to real paranormal researchers because not only did this team lack the knowledge of what paranormal research is, but the argument was inconclusive and this team was willing to jump to conclusion to gain spotlight satisfaction.