Wed. Nov 21st, 2018

UFO Community Credibility: Eroding Itself With Every Share

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I’m a big fan of unexplained phenomena: aliens, UFOs, Bigfoot, you name it. I’ve been interested in these topics since I was a kid.

I remember watching the Alien Autopsy video on VHS and believing it was real. The film’s producer admitted the video was a hoax in 2006. Even today, however, many in the UFO community continue to claim otherwise. Why is it that way? Why do people ignore the obvious to hold onto their beliefs? I’m talking about smart people, professionals, and other adults who are capable of critical thinking.

UFO Community Credibility

Lately, there have been articles hitting the Internet with headlines like, “China admits aliens are real.” These stories get tons of attention in the UFO groups. They get hundreds of shares and thousands of views.

Unfortunately, they’re all fake. The stories may speak of events that occurred, but the headlines are categorically wrong.

Adults capable of research and critical thinking view these articles as pure garbage. As a result, when they see the UFO community sharing them all over the place the UFO community credibility comes into question.

Censorship Among Themselves

I belong to a few popular UFO/Aliens groups on Facebook and I’ve noticed some disturbing trends among their members. Obviously fake stories seem to get the most positive attention if they promise something spectacular.

Administrators of the groups remove stories that show any amount of skepticism. I recently wrote an article about how the China story was incorrect and posted it to 2 of the most popular UFO groups on Facebook.

Some members stated it was refreshing to have a realistic point of view, but within 24 hours admins of both groups had removed the article. No explanation was provided.

These groups thrive on creating their own echo chambers in this way. The behavior fortifies members’ beliefs while sheltering them from anything that doesn’t follow the narrative.

Members strive for validation within the group by repeating the cycle while those who disagree begin to view the group with more scrutiny.

Consequently, UFO community credibility dissipates causing the most critical thinkers to leave or fail to join altogether.

Sabotaging Themselves

What the UFO community needs now more than ever, are individuals capable of critical thinking. Unfortunately, people like this can’t exist within the current echo chambers of the Internet.

While click-bait articles run rampant and websites infringe on intellectual rights, the community becomes more of a joke. Nobody takes them seriously anymore.

If UFO community credibility is to ever be repaired, people have to cut out the garbage. They need to actually read articles before sharing them with others. They have to confirm sources.

Most of all, they need to stop posting the same regurgitated stories over and over again. Don’t share something simply because the headline says what you want it to say. You could be doing more harm than good to the people who put their time towards searching for the truth.

If you want to be part of a community of critical thinkers regarding aliens & UFOs, check out Skeptical Believers in the Unexplained.

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6 thoughts on “UFO Community Credibility: Eroding Itself With Every Share

  1. I’m in a few groups myself as I’m sure your aware.
    My point is that these groups have many fake people that join the group to ridicule and generally make fun of anything and everything that’s said.
    Why are they added to such groups without knowing why they want to be involved.
    I was explaining my truth and was contacted by another group asking if they could do an article on it. I was overwhelmed by this as it was very tiring explaining again and again my truths.
    As my first encounter was many years ago I had no way of capturing footage. But then two years ago I saw one coming towards my house,unlike my first encounter. Which was close enough to touch.
    So as I saw it coming towards my house somewhat high up.i went to my rear garden and caught it on footage.
    To the naked eye it was white.on footage it was a beautiful blue.
    I’ve recently watched it on virtual reality and you can see all the colours on it the same way as my first encounter.
    I can’t express enough that we’re not alone. And thankfully communities are identifying it now to be of the truth.that we’re not alone ❤️💡

    1. Yeah many of those groups are full of people who take it to the extreme. I’m skeptical of every sighting because I’ve seen so much fake stuff and people too eager to believe that everything in the sky which they don’t understand must be a extraterrestrial-controlled craft. Sometimes, “I don’t know what it was” is all the explanation you can get. There are plenty of interesting sightings out there – it’s a shame they get diluted by hoaxes and over-eager believers.

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