Okay, it’s been a world wind day of International Haunt Jaunts. As I promised in my first post today, our last stop is Down Under.
Last week there was a big hub bub about it. Rather than reinventing the wheel, I’ll just share a part of Gary’s post explaining it’s origins:
As the story goes, a group on a ghost hunting tour (as this story was released by Australian Ghost Adventures) was upstairs in a stable and someone sensed a presence. The photographer snapped several pictures before a shutdown of the camera occurred. After leaving the stables, the camera comes back to life and after review, they capture a picture of the ghost girl (above).
You should see all the comments it sparked on Gary’s post! Most agreed it was likely a fake and speculatd how it was done. But then another Gary, this time from the Australian Ghost Adventures company, commented that he believed the evidence hadn’t been tampered with.
Now, he never came right out and said it was proof of a ghost. He left it open and said, “The jury is still out on that one.” But he was definitely playing the “Could it be a ghost angle?” to maximum hype-ability. (Which of course his company stood to benefit from. You just can’t buy that kind of publicity!)
Anyway, it was one of the most entertaining threads of comments I’ve read in a long time. One person even swore he’d eat his socks if it turned out the photo wasn’t just some sort of painting!
Well, that same fellow ended up eating his socks –at least figuratively. He left an amusing comment about it on Gary’s follow up post about how the Barwon ghost girl photo was a hoax.
But what bothered me (and Gary alluded to it too) was how the tour company played it all out. As I mentioned above, the hype factor was so intense it spanned the globe! Here I am, a random blogger based out of Nashville, Tennessee, still talking about it days after the fact. Again, it bears repeating, you just can’t buy that kind of publicity!
But is it worth it in the end?
I’m with him. Especially when you’ve got mega shows like Ghost Hunters faking footage.
Also, as Autumnforest pointed out in one of her recent posts, too many shows and too little evidence is eventually going to create an apathy effect –if it hasn’t already. Shoot, I know I already suffer from that.
The same thing will happen if those involved in paranormal tourism don’t take the ethics end of business seriously. It’ll lead to more “haunted or hype?” skepticism and eventually, rather than intriguing people and drawing customers in, it’s going to push them away.
Especially when stories are now surfacing that the tour company knew the woman in the photo was no ghost from the get go! If I had a paddle that’d stretch from here to Australia I’d spank them!