When will the ghost hunting fad be over!!!!
As some of you may know I am a ghost hunter, no wait.... paranormal researcher. This is the title given out so that clients don't refer to us as "ghost busters". As much as I would love a proton pack and PKE meter it's not reality. What is reality is all these paranormal tv shows now. I started investigating way before these shows even existed. So you think I would be excited that this field has expanded and is more mainstream. ABSOLUTELY NOT! In fact I want to crawl back in a hole and wait for it to be over so I can get back to business.
Ok, ok, don't hate yet. Yes in some ways some of these shows have made things a little easier when it comes to this field. Only in the sense that places are more apt to know where to turn when they have a problem. Or clients know that there is actually help out there. That I will give them. All of this still doesn't make up for the fact that they are just plain ruining peoples perspectives on investigating.
Shows are a dime a dozen now-a-days. From Ghost Hunters and it's many spin-offs (GHI, GHA), Paranormal State, Extreme Paranormal, Ghost Adventures, blah blah blah. Oy! See what I'm saying. Everyone wants a tv show now. Ghost hunting isn't supposed to be about being famous. Well at least it never was to me. I will admit that I was filmed once for a pilot for a ghost tv show. Did I do it for my 15 minutes of fame. Nope! I did it because I believed in the project. I believed in what they wanted to portray. Though it never made it to air it will sit in my archives and still hold a special place in my heart. Anyway, I digress. So what about all these shows has me up in arms? First of all, everyone can't ghost hunt. Sure you can all try but some of this really isn't cut out for everyone. Second, it's a whole different story then what you see in TV. Clever editing and some scripts should trip your common sense meter. Well you would think so. Don't believe everything you see on TV people. 2 words... NEILSON RATINGS Third I just think that some shows are just giving the wrong message. Do you think it's normal to sit in an abandoned mental institution, in a straight jacket, in a room by yourself and try to provoke what is there. I just think that it conveys the wrong message on how investigations should be done. As we all know people mimic what they see on tv and often don't even realize the consequences. It's a shame really. If you just aren't experiences things like this should not be attempted.
So what to do, what to do? I really can't wait until this fad is over so I can get back to normal and not have to worry about clients asking me where my TV crew is. But in the mean time please don't believe everything you see on TV. Trust your judgement, do your research. Be a leader, not a follower. If you are watching a show on TV know that most of the stuff you see is going to be for entertainment value! Just remain skeptical of everything. Also and finally, just please know that there are real investigators out there who really do the work. We don't have a crew setting up our equipment or driving our vans. Thanks!