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When will the ghost hunting fad be over!!!!

Updated on December 3, 2009

Enough Already!

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!


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      mitchell orlowski 7 years ago

      Actually, Ghosthunters is pretty good. What they do is really close to what a real investigation is like. They do edit and ham it up a bit, but, some paranormal investigators are real characters too! They tend to be a bit eccentric to begin with, thats part of what makes them so much fun.

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      anne 7 years ago

      Well said GhostChaser. As a paranormal group we have been fighting some of the rubbish spewed out in these programmes for a few years now. It is dangerous, disrespectful and nothing more than a search for fame and the feeding of ego.

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      wolfpack5 7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi GhostChaser, everyone beleives in something and there is nothing wrong with what I or you beleive in, its personal opinion. but its an interesting subject. :)

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      GhostChaser 7 years ago from PA/NJ

      I can explain that real easy. I've been on many investigations with many different client beliefs. Ghost is just a word in my opinion. I look at the things I investigate more as energy. Energy is something that definitely exists and definitely can't die. It just simply doesn't disappear. We are made of a energy so where does it go when we are gone. Has to go somewhere right? I believe that is what I am chasing and exploring.

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      wolfpack5 7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Im sorry ghostchaser, being a beleiver in God its hard for me to think that there are ghost out there. But nice hub :)