Saturday, September 13, 2008

Eye on the Paranormal – Issue 1

Copyright 2008 By Kirby Robinson

Hello everyone! The Eye on the Paranormal is now open! Over the next several weeks we will be casting a critical look at the paranormal world, particularly the issues of honesty, integrity, and how the public has been manipulated into buying a lie.

When A&E’s Paranormal State premiered back in December 2007, I was both hopeful and excited that a show was going to factually portray the worlds of ghosts, paranormal activity, and demons, in a fair and accurate way. And at first, I was pleased with what I saw. But as the hoopla and hysteria began to die off a more critical look at the program and the actions of the Paranormal Research Society, along with those who have appeared on it as experts in the field of paranormal activity, demons/demonology, and psychics/mediums, things did not add up. The episodes were filled with sloppy investigative techniques, incorrect statements of how paranormal activity works, inconsistent storylines, and dubious intents.

Suddenly, anyone that began to question the validity of the A&E program began to have their character assassinated.

The second season opened with a good deal of anticipation. But it also raised even more questions, and when those questions were asked, they were met with a higher level of threats and intimidations. Soon, blogs were deleted, and the persecution continued with entire MySpace profiles being deleted.

As I watched Season 2 unfold, I finally told myself that I had to come out and state that Paranormal State is a fake.

Tammy Wilson and Tonya Hacker of The Ghost Divas! are hosts of a weekly live radio show and have 20 years of combined experience within the paranormal field. These ladies were removed from the list of speakers scheduled to appear at Univ-con this weekend. Also, their blogs stating nothing but facts were deleted from MySpace due to complaints filed by Paranormal State and PRS. This got my ire up, so I challenged both Ryan Buell and Chip Coffey to the Paranormal Moment of Truth Challenge. As you know, Fox Network has a program entitled Moment of Truth. This features a contestant being hooked up to a lie detector and as long as they answer truthfully for 21 questions, they could win up to $500,000. Here is a copy of the actual email sent to Ryan and Chip.

Dear Ryan Buell and Chip Coffey:
I have expressed concerns about how you conduct your investigations and the validity of those investigations, where anyone with a clear and discerning eye can see that they are not authentic. I have also witnessed heavy-handed tactics being used against people who question your alleged authority within the paranormal community and dared to raise questions concerning the validity of your A&E shows, Paranormal State, and Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal. I can no longer sit by in silence. That is why I came up with The Paranormal Moment of Truth Challenge, which will benefit you, your organization, the paranormal field, and a charity that would be assisted from the donation of the prize money.

1 ~ It would silence your critics if you are determined to be telling the truth about all your claims and how they are presented. There can be no one left to challenge your honesty and integrity.

2 ~ It would not only benefit your organization, but it would also help the entire paranormal field. Because if such evidence is true, it will be brought to a much wider audience, which hopefully would fuel additional legitimate investigations. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

3 ~ The charity of your choice would have the prize money donated to them. If the truth is being told, that prize money could reach $500,000.So, what is The Paranormal Moment of Truth Challenge? I am sure you’ve heard of the Fox Network program entitled The Moment of Truth. This is where a contestant is hooked up to a lie detector test and asked 50 questions, of which 21 of them are used on the actual show. As long as you tell the truth, you keep on winning money -- up to $500,000. The production company, Lighthearted Entertainment Inc., would jump at an opportunity of doing a show with the two of you. And I will put my personal credibility on the line and appear, as well. For if you visit my Free All Spirits page (http://www.myspace.com/freeallspirits), you’ll notice that I personally make what some would call outlandish claims concerning my work as a Demonologist/Exorcist/Paranormal Investigator/Caring Spiritual Adviser.If you would like to be "one step closer to the truth" then this is a way to achieve your goal. If interested, please contact me at this email address and I will get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
Your friend in spirit,
Kirby

To date, this is the response that I’ve received from both of them.








Why not do the show? Only you, the paranormal field, and a charity of your choice would benefit.
The next issue will cover how Paranormal State came into existence and an analysis of the pilot episode.

NOTE: Please feel free to copy and paste this and place it all over the web. And, unlike any of my other blogs, you can even repost this under your own name!

4 comments:

justimon said...

You seem to intend well. I for one dont blame you at all. However I think you should actually take some time to work with the PRS team personally before you call them out for being sloppy. I understand that the paranormal is not something to be taken lightly but I also happen to know that oftentimes that when things do happen, it's discounted as lies. The paranormal is often thought of as a very 'iffy' field of science, but it is indeed science.

That said, I suggest you interact with PRS more. Because what I'm seeing is all based upon the TV show, which sadly is left at the mercy of TV editors and directors. We all know what effect they can have on the look of things.

Sabrina said...

Hello,
I really do find your blogs very interesting.

I have written you before regarding a personal situation and thank you for your quick response and advise.

I also work in the the field of Paranormal Investigation...But, I do agree with you. I myself have many doubts regarding PRS.

Some months ago my daughter and I were watching an episode of PRS and I was well aware that this would cause a frenzy in the paranormal worlds...this is the B name episode of course. I had this immediate image of every Goth kid in America googling away.

I don't know if you have heard of Dangers Of The Paranormal but, the founder Dan who has also founded SoCal PRS does present a lot of these same issues and why we should be concerned. for those interested Dangers Of The Paranormal can be found on Myspace.

I will enjoy reading more so I do hope you are able to keep this forum going...and again I agree with you...if ya don't like it you don't have to read it!!!

Thanks again,
Happy Reader
Sabrina

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