Pictures? Unreliable. Video? Can be faked. Stories? An endless, dubious parade of them. Even DNA – problematic. Only a body will do to prove the existence of monsters. Are we attuned to fakery now?
Exactly 80 years ago the Loch Ness monster was invented. Or, it resurfaced, depending on whose account you choose to believe. The modern monster myth was born in the Inverness Courier on 2 May 1933, under the headline “Strange spectacle on Loch Ness”. In his accompanying report, Alex Campbell claimed that “Loch Ness has for generations been credited with being the home of a fearsome-looking monster”.
Then the sightings began in earnest. As the writer notes, the Nessie images shifted along with changing times. He concludes by noting that we are bombarded with fakes every day – photoshopped imagery, CGI video and more tall tales passed around the world in an instant, thanks to the internet.
We can’t take any of this evidence at face value. I’ve given up trying to follow the multiple daily postings of Bigfoot pictures and videos. After all this time, they are no better, no clearer, no more definitive than those of decades ago. The technology precludes us from ruling out hoaxes as a top explanation. I know it is not polite to accuse someone of a hoax but it is a VALID consideration. Nothing personal but often the hoax fits as the best answer.
Our innocence is gone, along with an era that was trusting, gullible, even. It may be far-fetched to suggest that those 1930s monster-believers were contemporaneous with fellow Europeans who placed their faith in real-life monsters – the totalitarian leaders who offered darker and more dangerous fantasies – but it is undeniable that in the internet age, it is much more difficult to fool us.
I’m not so sure, a lot of people still see it when they believe it. And these videos and photos still fly around the world like never before because we still hope. We want it to be true.