I think fear is non moral

Paraseek.com Discussion Forum: Fanzone: Scare Tactics AND MTV's Fear: I think fear is non moral
By Anonymous on Saturday, April 20, 2002 - 05:23 pm:

I think mtv should have a better understanding of the spirit world before they allow others to invoke and annoy any spirit , for one day something will happen. And i fear mtv, will catch themselves in a bind

By Anonymous on Sunday, April 21, 2002 - 06:27 pm:

lol...they shouldnt mess with spirits ...but it is sure fun watching ppl do it tho..lol

By Kriss on Sunday, April 28, 2002 - 05:57 am:

You could be right, but I think Fear also has introduced people to the possibilities of the paranormal, and thats a good thing.

By Devshb on Sunday, April 28, 2002 - 07:17 pm:

Yes indeed, Kriss; feed the monster its scraps and wait 'til it finally realises what it's just eaten.

Did anyone ever see a UK show (by the BBC) filmed sometime in the late 80's called "Ghostwatch" with Michael Parkinson ?

By Kriss on Sunday, April 28, 2002 - 09:32 pm:

No I havent, whats it about?

By Devshb on Monday, April 29, 2002 - 03:18 am:

it was a one-off single-episode event with no trails which caught everyone off-guard. it was very clever.

By Flip19533 on Monday, April 29, 2002 - 12:54 pm:

I believe I saw that one it was a halloween special, totally faked, but very believable.

By Kriss on Monday, April 29, 2002 - 04:07 pm:

Hmm, I would like to catch that.

By Devshb on Monday, April 29, 2002 - 07:17 pm:

it was very good; I've got a feeling it was the first such event since Orson's infamous radio show. Like many people who listened to War of The Worlds, I missed the introduction on Ghostwatch, and just switched on about 30 seconds after it'd started by fluke and continued to watch. It wasn't until very near the end that I realised it was a fake (unlike wotw, it wasn't just a "what if" scenario; it was intended to actually fool people, and it did that very well indeed).
Given the fact that it was very believable (right up until the very end) and nothing like it had been experienced before, I got totally taken in, and so when the first weird things happened, I was absolutely on the edge of my seat.
Great stuff.
Got lots of complaints, though ! ("oooh; too scary!" - "how dare the bbc lie to its licence payers !" etc etc)
But a show with no complaints is no show at all in my view, because a lack of complaints implies total banality.
(Got a feeling the tv listings magazines were also fooled before it was aired, advertising it as a genuine live event)

By Devshb on Monday, April 29, 2002 - 07:28 pm:

Anyway, as for the show "Fear" being non-moral, I beg to differ. The people involved probably get a lot of briefing beforehand, and probably a lot of advice/help afterwards if it's effected them. TV is a cruel business sometimes, but when it comes to normal volunteers, I think tv/production companies take good care of them. It's only people in "the business" that get a raw deal sometimes, and they know full well what they're getting into.

Anyway, maybe I'm biased, because my view is that you should always take things to the limit when given the chance, because that's the only way to progress and find out more.

I sincerely hope that one day something *does* happen in a spiritual sense, and I don't think we should be afraid of that. It's about time people threw a bit of caution to the wind to get to know more.

Sometimes you have to accept possible dangers for the sake of progression and deeper understandings.

Life is all about risk, and if you have no risk in your life then you have no life to speak of.

"Flip the switch on and see what happens" - that's what I say.

By Chesh on Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - 01:46 am:

while i'm all for introducing more people to the paranormal, i think that the producers at mtv have gotten a bit dangerous and irresponsible with their dares.

i was very upset to see what Gaby had to go through in the sanitarium episode. after being locked in a room for twenty hours without food and most likely without much sleep, she would've been very ungrounded. and being ungrounded makes a person very open to experiencing strange things. this is why many native american ceremonies involve fasting.

then to have her involved in a seance and channel an angry spirit. that was too much. i was surprised to see that she lasted to the end, and rather pleased that she told off mtv a few times (and that mtv aired them).

are these kids briefed on how to protect themselves at all? do the producers actually believe in any of this stuff? they obviously do their homework, but do they believe?

By Kriss on Thursday, May 2, 2002 - 01:12 am:

The cast at Serenity was briefed by me on ghosthunting techniques and I answered the questions they had regarding ghost hunting. I know Carla talked to them also, but I am not sure what her talk consists of. Mine is basically technical, but I also show them photos of mine in an effort to convince them that ghosts are real.

We do not tell them how to protect themselves from the paranormal. However we do provide them with counseling after the fact.

By Dragon_0562 on Sunday, November 24, 2002 - 08:51 pm:

frankly, as much fun as it may be to watch people blindly charge into the paranormal investigation business, I for one don't think it's ever a good idea to go and intentionaly piss off the local spirit life. one day one of the cast or crew is going to get injured, or killed.

By Carla on Monday, November 25, 2002 - 12:38 am:

Well, Dragon -

Since the show is virtually on "permanent" hiatus .. I think it's safe to say that we're gonna be just fine.

By JanusDragon on Monday, December 23, 2002 - 03:21 pm:

Hi! I was just meandering around the site and I saw this thread. :) I recall seeing a clip of that BBC broadcast a while ago on the internet, and reading about it.It's the one with "Pipes", right? It was tremendous hoax on ther grand scale, and as Devshb so put it, very similar to the infamous "War of the Worlds" radio program. If I remember correctly from reading about it, many pregnant women were also scared so terribly, they actually went into labor. :| That only goes to show the effects of mass hysteria, ah well..As far as I know, there's been no recent attempts of that nature. Too much public uproar I imagine. :)

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