Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Can People Make Money on the UFO Phenomena, UFO News

Do People Make money on the UFO Phenomena

The truth of the matter is some actually do make money, but very few.  Those are the people that write books and get national media exposure. Even then there are two different types of authors, one that is simply out to make money and one that is attempting to get the truth out to those that are interested. 
People like Leslie Kean, UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record is an example of an honest author putting out honest material. 
People that are out to simply to "cash in" put out stories like we heard last year, that deformed midget aviators were sent by Stalin and were responsible for the Roswell incident. Stories and books like this are the ones that do the most damage to the truth about UFOs. 

Others that have been in the media business will write a book on UFO's and use their contacts to get massive media exposure no matter how implausible their story might be. 

Rumblings in the subterranean market

De Void
One of the biggest jokes leveled by critics at UFO researchers is that the latter are only in it for the $$. But scheming to get rich off UFOs is like bashing your head against cement to unclog water in your eardrum. It’s just not very smart. 



On the other hand … Tim Crawford proves how, if you hang with something long enough, you can actually look like a visionary, or at least avoid becoming a ward of the state. Founder of UFOTV – which posted Giorgio Bongiovanni’s documentary about the major cultural shift surrounding UFOs in Ecuador – Crawford doesn’t volunteer how much flow it’s generating. But its library is in all the “major distribution pipelines,” iTunes, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Netflix, Amazon, and Crawford says his programming on YouTube draws anywhere from 1.5 to 2 million visits each month. In fact, after establishing what would become UFOTV in 1991, Crawford argues his long-running enterprise “has done more to raise awareness of the phenomenon” than any other option out there.

From his home outside Los Angeles, Crawford has spent nearly 40 years in movie distribution, and says UFOTV’s branding roots emanate from the heydey of neighborhood video store rentals. He estimates UFOTV has anywhere from 400 to 700 videos in its inventory, depending on whether you’re counting downloads or DVDs. But it’s not all UFOs; the archives include a large spectrum of paranormal or “exotic science” material. He’s canny enough not to vouch for the veracity of everything in there. “I try to stand aside and make available anything that’s out there, and let the public decide,” he says. “We don’t critique the films but we monitor the production quality.”

Crawford says two factors are driving the latest numbers run on UFOTV: military personnel going on record everywhere but in the U.S., and the disclosure/Occupy thing. But it’s not just UFOs. It’s like Howard Beale has become an airborne virus.

“I see much more of an activist mentality than there used to be, a whistleblower mentality,” he says. “People are keeping an eye on the big corporations. They’re saying no, we don’t want your genetically modifified foods or your vaccines with chemicals that can harm 20 percent of the people who get it. Everybody’s paying attention now.”

There’s a fine line between paying attention and paying money. But maybe Crawford’s in the right place at the right time simply because he stayed put.

UPDATE: Last week’s blog on President Rafael Correa and his orders to declassify Ecuador’s military UFO records triggered an enthusiastic amen from a resident of that nation’s coastal and historic Chirije region. Patricio Tamariz, who promotes Chirije tourism, says one of the air force encounters mentioned in Bongiovanni’s documentary occurred nearby.

Tamariz also attached some remarks made by Correa when the chief exec visited in November. Correa said he was initially skeptical, “But my security spent the night … observing UFOs and they told me they did see them. But I had gone to sleep. I only stayed one night but next time I will stay awake to see if I can see the UFOs.”

Imagine their political fortunes if Obama or Mitt Romney got caught making remarks like that:


Can People Make Money on the UFO Phenomena, UFO News
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