Why are people so quick to dismiss something unknown as a hoax? I ask this coming on the heels of my review of The Fourth Kind yesterday. Prior to watching the movie I did not know the background story or the fact it was all Hollywood born. None of what was witnessed actually took place and the archived video footage and audio clips were made for the movie. Yet, even before facts surfaced and research was done to legitimize the piece, people were already calling, “BS!”
What’s worse many people don’t or can’t back up their opinion with any sort of fact when they attempt to disprove the story. Rarely will an individual have first hand knowledge or even have experienced a similar situation, but before striking out with your opinion, do some research. I know we can’t take everything we read on the Internet as valid or even close to the truth.
Unfortunately what usually happens on sites like GLP or Above Top Secret a few posters will ridicule those who “wanna believe.” Now the video above has already been debunked as being CGI (Created using Vue 9). But the fact remains it’s still rather impressive to view and make you think twice, was that real or just a hoax?
I tend to take the approach of “it’s real until it’s debunked.” Usually it’s the later of the two that wins out, based on research and comments about a given video or image. When something cannot be validated as a hoax, more questions seem to rise. But that is part of investigation, finding answers. In the words of The X-Files Fox Mulder, “I wanna believe.”