I posted this story on Doubtful News 3 days ago: UFO hoaxer fuels worry about an attack on Turkey
Since then, it was shared by several UFO-news-related sites bringing a certain vocal audience in to comment. I observed that this subsection of the audience didn’t actual understand what the story was about but instead created a straw man argument from me (and another contributor Scott). They assumed that our position is: UFOs are not real, UFOs are not alien craft, aliens aren’t real, humans are the only life in the universe, we know everything, all these claims are hoaxes, and so on…
But we never stated any of these broad generalizations. The story was very particular – there was a claim about UFOs attacking Turkey. It turned out to be a social media hoax designed by a group intent on creating a sensational story. The photos used were not all new and it appears to have sparked some copycat effect (others sharing similar photos) or misinterpreting other features which were then shared to add to the wave of information. On the surface, it looked to be news but it wasn’t. It was manufactured, a rumor that was never substantiated but still took on a life and spread. For too many people, they simply accept the shallow story delivered in a dubious vehicle without even thinking about it. And, they are threatened by people who question their alternative worldview that incorporates unverified claims. They are intent on discrediting and insulting them, as well. This is unfortunate. I don’t see the need for it when society would be a better place if people didn’t overreact, lash out and be uncivil.
Several commenters were quite nasty calling me a troll, shill, loser, a hater, a Doubting Thomas, closed minded, uncritical, a “disinformation agent”, saying I need to grow up, wake up, or do some research, that I was in “la la land,” committing “slander,” and “vomiting accusations”. Ok, then…. They sure are vehement. Ironic, though, isn’t it?
I’ve hit a nerve simply by challenging the belief system of UFO believers. That’s to be expected. The Internet has allowed me to voice my opinion and it allows other to misinterpret what I said and lash out. My software allows me to limit that low discourse from appearing on my website. Let’s put it this way, I’d kick your ass out of my house for saying that to my face, so I’m going to kick you off my website for being ridiculously rude and obnoxious.