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Media's influence on paranormal perception

Posted on Thursday, 1 November, 2012 | Comment icon 26 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The media tends to play a significant role in people's paranormal perceptions and beliefs.

With stories about paranormal investigations dominating the papers and shows such as 'Ghost Hunters' proving a ratings hit, it could be argued that interest in the unexplained is going from strength to strength. But how much does the media's presentation of these topics influence how people believe in them ? Professor Paul Brewer conducted his own investigation to find out.

Brewer found that what most encouraged people to believe in a story or TV show was the way in which the scientific aspects were presented. A story that describes how paranormal investigators used EMF meters and scientific methods to investigate a haunted location for example is a lot more likely to be believed.

"The paranormal is a popular and enduring theme in the media, stretching from Bram Stokerís novel Dracula to the newest installment of Paranormal Activity, which opened last week."

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Comment icon #17 Posted by scowl on 2 November, 2012, 19:15
I can say "Free trip to England!" I don't think that's a road trip. They also have to pick the ones that they have a good chance of figuring out or duplicating and making good television from. They do have an "out" for things that are easily explained yet they still wanted to investigate. At the end, one of the investigators "notices" something that they didn't notice before and this blows the lid off the hoax. In this case they could have revealed in the "debriefing" the clear discontinuity between the real things in the video and th... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by MisstreeDove on 3 November, 2012, 6:12
The media has a surprisingly influence on minds. I can definitely see it influencing opinions on certain matters, including the paranormal.
Comment icon #19 Posted by pallidin on 3 November, 2012, 21:29
Uh... where else do we get our news?
Comment icon #20 Posted by Sakari on 3 November, 2012, 21:37
Just look at the maturity level, grades, drop out rate, attitude, respect, etc,etc,etc.....How they changed since TV started, and cable came out. ( the ladder more then anything ) TV and Movies has been teaching our youth for a while, and do now. Look how we are de-evolutionising..... DEVO was right. Serious though, to many people using TV as a learning tool....We need a plague.
Comment icon #21 Posted by pallidin on 3 November, 2012, 21:41
So, where do we get viable news? Anywhere? Or is just left to social networking that twist minds more-so than media.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Sakari on 3 November, 2012, 21:50
There are things on TV and the internet that are good....But, the majority comes down to money, and entertainment.People have forgotten how to distinguish the reality from the entertainment.
Comment icon #23 Posted by coldethyl on 3 November, 2012, 21:51
Well without as many tv channels and just your local paper (not the papers like Enquirer, Daily Mail, etc) you had more news that was not based on sensationalism. Now every magazine has sensational headlines, and there are reality tv shows on every channel. And there are a lot of channels. Before the internet, if you wanted to know something, you had to go to the library, or ask someone. Weird concept, but all knowledge and instant gratification was not at your fingertips. Pagers were all the rage before cell phones (there were car phones but not many people had them and they didn't work... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Sakari on 4 November, 2012, 13:30
pussies....just say it. " Pussifaction of America "......Hell, the entire world.
Comment icon #25 Posted by scowl on 5 November, 2012, 19:55
I blame the schools for not teaching critical thinking. Kids are being taught that every viewpoint is valid and should be equally respected no matter how stupid it is. I say baloney and bad ideas should be identified and criticized. I should know because I've come up with plenty of bad ideas over the years and I regularly thank my co-workers for saving my career with their honesty. I've learned more history from cable television than I did in school. It has also inspired me to buy more books. Have you heard their last album, "Something for Everyone"? Blech. Talk about de-... [More]

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