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Ghost Capture – there’s an app for that

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Daily Mail Online

Does this spooky image show ghost boy watching builders demolish his old school?

The ghostly image of a young boy was captured on camera as builders demolished an old school building.

The Sun

Builder snaps ‘ghost’ boy

A BUILDER demolishing an old school discovered this eerie image of a young boy in a mobile phone picture taken of the site.

Ghosts Don’t Exist

After 170 responses to the Daily Mail article, the site finally disabled additional comments when an apt viewer alerted them to the truth: that this was obviously the result of the Ghost Capture iPhone app.

Obviously, this kind of thing has been going on since, well… since always. From a HEAR perspective, this is just of interest to demonstrate how cheap software and easy to obtain technology help to enable the layperson to inject their fictions into the mediasphere.

fact-fiction reversals

July 15, 2009 Leave a comment

The commonsense distinction between fact and fiction melts away in the conspiracist world. More than that, the two exchange places, so that in striking ways conspiracists often claim that what the world at large regards as fact is actually fiction, and second that what seems to be fiction is really fact. The first belief is a direct result of the commitment to stigmatized knowledge claims, for the acceptance of those claims rests on the belief that authoritative institutions, such as universities, cannot be trusted. They are deemed to be the tools of whatever malevolent forces are in control. Hence the purported knowledge propagated by such institutions is meant to deceive rather than enlighten.

Conspiracy literature is replete with instances in which manifestly fictional products, such as films and novels, are asserted to be accurate, factual representations of reality. In some cases, they are deemed to be encoded messages, originally intended for the inner circle of conspirators, that somehow became public. In other cases, truth is believed to have taken fictional form because the author was convinced that a direct representation of reality would be too disturbing and needed to be cloaked in fictional conventions. In still other instances, fictionalization is deemed to be part of the conspirators’ campaign to indoctrinate or prepare a naive public for some monstrous future development.

from Michael Barkun’s A Culture of Conspiracy