You KNOW mermaids are fiction, right? RIGHT?

In an update to a popular post about the Animal Planet special, Mermaids: A Body Found, we see that nonsense fed to the public does it’s job.

Apparently, there is a an internet/email rumor circulating that the program was real. See this documentation of it by the best urban legend site there is, Snopes.com. Perhaps people really are buying into this stuff? It can’t be too many but even a small population is enough. It’s enticing to believe in mermaids. Such myths in our culture, presented more often and more realistically, does tend to push the believers more to the right and some people who never thought about it, but now think it might be fun to entertain such a thought, over to that side as well. No critical thinking happens. Belief is “fun”. Why not?


Tip: Snopes.com

Here is a review of the piece by Brian Switek where he declares that the program “embodies the rotting carcass of science TV”. Indeed. Animal Planet is a steaming pile of dung these days. It’s making people more ignorant.

Doubtful News still gets many search result hits on the word “mermaid” which suggests it is certainly one of those current buzzwords, like ‘zombie’, and ‘Miley Cirus engagement’. I don’t usually get snarky here but I can’t help but get angry when people pull misguided zombie hoaxes (like here) and silly mermaid jokes like this site: Believe in Mermaids where the site is just a hoax takedown notice. How pathetic. This would totally have been better as a UFO believer site, which reminds me… remember what happened when the authors and the media rejuvenated a very dead Roswell story, warped it, and made it into a staple of American pop legend? Such mythology fuels government distruct, media carelessness for bucks and shallow thinking by a portion of the population (“I seen it on TV, it MUST be real!”). No sir, I don’t like the way this is going. Like the zombie publicity meme, I wish it would go away. So, this is my feeble attempt to beat this wholly fictional monsters back with a stick.

  5 comments for “You KNOW mermaids are fiction, right? RIGHT?

  1. Massachusetts
    June 7, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I don’t have a problem with any of these things as fiction, but definitely not breaking out of the box and treated as reality. I’m disappointed with people who don’t realize it’s all hype and nonsense. I didn’t see the mermaid story but I assume I would have recognized it for a fictional story told in a documentary style for dramatic effect. Unfortunately not everyone picks up on the obvious I guess.

    • Massachusetts
      June 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      I tried to post the following after Switek’s article but I had to join and get a password so I’m just posting it here. I didn’t see the Mermaid flick and perhaps it was done poorly, I don’t know. I agree that clear labeling of science fact vs. science fiction should be encouraged and followed. However, I have reservations about bashing this show, if taken as science fiction, because it doesn’t strictly follow the latest current theories, as follows:

      “You have a point that works of science fiction, in this age of near scientific illiteracy, shouldn’t be passed off as actual science. However, beyond that point, doesn’t science fiction have a certain liberty and license to pursue such unusual scenarios? For example, Heinlein’s “Strange in a Strange Land” is a classic of the genre, and it explores the possibility that an extraterrestrial race can teach humanity powerful psychic powers via the manipulation of an alien language. Moreover, it’s presented as a religious, messianic allegory. Strictly speaking this is unscientific drivel, with no legitimate scientific research to support its claims. Yet it’s a classic and an interesting read that makes you think, and imagine and wonder, and hopefully think some more. Does science fiction always have to stick closely to the latest and most widely held theories in order to have value?”

  2. Carol
    June 7, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    War of the Worlds, anyone?

  3. luvmyGod4eva
    June 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    People are naturally drawn to things that are mysterious, romantic and whimsical. However, believing it’s reality is really “out there” in my opinion.

  4. Valdis Kletnieks
    June 8, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Don’t be silly. Of course mermaids are for real – I seen it on TV. And unicorns are real too – Mitt Romney is one.

    http://www.mittromneyisaunicorn.com/

    The truly scary part is the number of people who apparently are *way* out on the fringe – the “the Queen is a reptiloid controlled bu the Rothschilds” crew. Woo-wee.

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