Sunday, February 19, 2006

Ghost stories and definitions

Today I was watching the discovery channel and I listen to two ghosts stories shows. Both where the haunted house variety where a family moves into an house and some ghost scare them into moving out. Every time some medium comes into the show try to scares the "ghost" away which since the end of the show is always the family moving out fails. Also they show evidences of the ghost such as tape recording noise when there is no one over and pictures of scary faces showing where they where no one. I'd have no problem with those shows except for the fact that they are presented as scientific shows, while never using any science. In fact in both show I've seen the expert where nothing more then friends of the family (thankfully presented as such) who for some reason always knew about 20 mediums. Also just about every inhabitant is called a laten medium by the medium to explain the phenomenon. It's a very one story show, in fact it's always always always the same: people move in old perfect house, strange phenomenon happen, people start to investigate then start to think it's ghost, call in medium, medium give name of the ghost(s)(more often then not is ghosts), people find ghost name in old public record, try to scare ghost away, ghost are not moved and increase their assault on the people, and finally the people (usually the woman of the couple convince the man to leave) leaves. Strange I would have though that ghost where more original then that.. oh well guess I am once again wrong about the world...;-)

I've been listened to a few other shows and I realised somethings about the words we use. Some have very distinct definition from what they means in reality. For example take the word prophecy: It's usually mean a prediction about the future. But in reality the only prophecy we know are those that have become true, so in truth prophecy means: Something that happened in the past but that had been predicted in an completely impossible to understand language even earlier in the past. War crime means: an action in a war that is again the law of war signed by the nations. But if you look at the actions of nation in World War II for example it seems to means: An action taken by the looser that is again the law of war the victor define. Remember that it's the allies that carpet bombed, firebombed and nuked it's enemies, not the other way around.

4 comments:

Piccolo said...

It's rare but it can happen but I agree with you with what you said about war! And what it's weird with ghosts is that in Quebec, we never have this problem! My boss leaves in a house where a man killed himself but he never shows!!!

anyflower said...

Are haunted houses "legends" more an anglo-saxon phenomenon? Maybe it isn't very popular in Quebec, which could explain why TQS (TV station) hasn't aired that kind of show yet.

yofed said...

Actually, tv shows are more diversified in English, with more crap and more good shows. Imagine any show you want, it probably already exist in English. And by the way, I remember seing some of those pseudo scientific shows about ghosts in French as a kid, but they were late a night and didn't last very long because that type of show doesn't appeal to a large audience, and let's face it, 1% of the French speaking community and 1% of the English speaking is not the same amount of people.

anyflower said...

Talking of ghost stories... did a ghost scare you off the blog? We don't see you anymore! Maybe you were contaminated by the "ghost sickness"... how much time is left until you reappear?