Stephen Bassett seems to have decided to put out releases more regularly than in the past. If they’re newsworthy, I’ll post them; not if they’re not.
PRG Update – January 1, 2011
Welcome to 1-1-11. Reads like the beginning of something, doesn’t it?
PRG Media Archive
Last month the PRG Media Archive reached the milestone of 5000 mainstream media, English language articles addressing the UFO/ET phenomena since 1947. The total number of such articles since 1947 can only be guessed at, but likely exceeds 20,000. For the third year in a row over 1,000 articles were linked. Of particular note are news cycles around the New Zealand files release, WikiLeaks, Denver ET ballot initiative and the UFOs and nukes press conference.
A review of this archive will show that UFO/ET/exopolitical issues continue to get extensive coverage and very little of this coverage is demeaning. Nevertheless, the coverage is not sufficient in scope or depth. Pressure on the political media must and will continue unabated.
[Note: A number of older article links are down, and most of these will be corrected soon.]
Multi-tiered Media Structure
We are in the middle of a media revolution which began with cable television news, continued with the massive growth of the Internet and the introduction of electronic book viewers and will end who knows where. In but a few more years most newspapers will abandon print on paper. Magazines will follow, then books. But there is another aspect of this revolution that now demands attention. It is the emergence of “direct journalism” – articles and commentary written directly to the Internet in structured environments without an editor and without a fact checker. It is tempting to call this “citizen journalism” but traditional journalists are also citizens.
Presently the most important direct journalism consists of ten of thousands of high end bloggers and thousands of writers contributing to such Internet publications as the Examiner and the American Chronicle. Most of these writers are not paid or are paid based upon page viewings. Many of the blogs are direct-traditional journalism hybrids. These consist of blogs being written by traditional journalists working for mainstream newspapers. Some of these blogs are passed through editors and some are not edited.
At a time when mainstream media is beginning to fail in its role as the Fourth Estate, thousands of writers around the world are covering every subject imaginable. Not surprisingly the UFO/ET/exopolitical subject matter has been embraced by direct journalism and thousands of news and commentary articles have been published.
There are three key points that must be made about this body of work:
- without an editor or fact checker the material presented is going to vary widely in quality and accuracy, but it is notable how much is as good as or better than that found in traditional media.
- any payment system based upon page viewings will exert pressure toward a more sensational approach to the content and the headline it is tabloidizing. Such articles must be considered with extra caution.
- this new genre will continue to evolve and improve, is here to stay and in short order will reshape journalism and modern culture.
PRG Direct Media Archive
Without question the new direct journalism genre helps fill the gap created by the government imposed truth embargo which has prevented standard media from appropriately covering the UFO/ET issue since the 1950’s. All aspects of ufology and exopolitics are being addressed – sometimes very well, sometime very badly. But they are being addressed and PRG has begun archiving direct journalism articles at the above web page.
MSM Writers of Note
PRG has noted the emergence of a group of MSM writers who have joined Billy Cox in regularly covering ufology and exopolitics with skill and courage. Please support these writers via your websites, Facebook pages and email lists. Their work is being archived by PRG.
Billy Cox – Sarasota Herald Tribune
Lee Spiegle – AOL News
Cherlyn Gardner Strong, Tucson Citizen
Tim Brosnan – Technorati