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One more article from a self-proclaimed “expert in the field” about how paranormal investigations are “not done the way they are portrayed on television” and I’ll be spewing Para Geek chunks!  About once a month, some much-ado internet blog seeps … Continue reading

The investigation will not be televised!


Why do paranormal investigators hate shows about paranormal investigators so much? It seems like they’re always putting them down and I don’t get it.


I had initially figured that the answer to this question could only come from the wisdom of a withered old yak herder found roaming the foothills of the Himalayas.  Or at the very least, from the savvy street smarts of a Comic-Con vendor with a full set of X Men action figures to impress the ladies with.  But just like those REAL GHOST! NOT FAKE!!! vids plastered on Youtube, the trick is to look past the blinky lights and mute the eerie soundtrack long enough to see what’s really going on here.

But let’s set the record straight first: not all investigators hate on the paranormal television.  I myself dig on Destination Truth, and I must admit that Ghost Adventures is a show I’ll sometimes watch (but only because I can’t help but stare at Zak Bagans’ porcupine hair and wonder how he can afford all of that product but can’t seem to be able to scrape enough nickels together and go buy himself a belt).

So what preternatural force could possibly grip the devil’s ball-sack so tightly to cause such disdain for these shows?  It is puzzling that the interest in all things paranormal tends to follow side by side with the Nielsen Ratings, yet so many find it necessary to distance themselves from what is responsible for getting complete strangers to seek out other complete strangers for the sole purpose of coming into their homes to sit in the dark for a few hours.

Some insist these shows only fill the heads of viewers with buzzwords and falsehoods, like “EVP” and that playing with Ouija Boards will cause your house to explode.  Others will say that these shows don’t represent how “real” investigations go down, but those don’t sound like reasons to hate a show – they sound like something said in order to fit in… in other words, paranormal investigators *say* they hate paranormal television shows because of peer pressure.

No way, you say?  It couldn’t be that simple?  I can prove it: conducting an incredibly complex and scientifically challenging experiment, I hit the Googly and spent some time snooping around half a dozen paranormal forums chosen completely at random.  In nearly every instance, the number of topics filed under “Paranormal Shows” nearly tripled all of the other categories, combined.  The short and sweet of it is that when they say they don’t like paranormal shows, they’re fibbing.  If they didn’t like them then they wouldn’t watch them and they certainly wouldn’t spend so much time discussing them.  This is concrete science here, peeps.

And hellz-yeah I’d love to investigate with any of them – although some would be better than others – for example, would you rather be spending long hours looking for ghosts in a dark, cramped attic with Jael de Pardo, or Aaron Goodwin?

So to (finally, sheesh!) answer this thought-provoking question, paranormal investigators don’t hate shows about paranormal investigators.  They just say they do because they know if they don’t go along with what everyone else says, they’ll be outcast like that guy who farts on the elevator and everyone knows he farted (and he knows they know – how awkward).

And sorry about the earlier jab, Aaron – Jael is just way prettier than you are.   Please don’t fart in my elevator.