Wow! My unboxing of the X Files script video has got about 2,000 views in a day. X Files fans are talking about it all over the place. Most are excited and supportive. A few, however, are very negative. Hostile even.
It makes me think about ‘belief’ and how our own personal attitudes colour our view of reality. Some of the X Files fans who think that my video is fake and that I a) didn’t really get the script sent to me b) am not working for Fox c) invented ‘the hoax’ myself for some unknown reason, are unwilling to accept any ‘proof’ I give to them. They remain ‘unbelievers’ in the face of ‘the facts’.
I’ve signed NDAs forbidding me from releasing *any* information about the plot or the characters unless Frank Spotnitz personally approves it, so, I couldn’t tell the ‘unbelievers’ anything from the film to make them believe me, anyway… BUT even if I could – let’s say that in the new film David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amada Peet and Xzibit are part of a quintet of ghost hunters who drive around in a green van unmasking villians. Did I say ‘quintet’? Yes, the fifth member is Scully’s dog, Queequeg ;)- then how would the ‘unbelievers’ know if I was telling the truth or not? They wouldn’t… until they see the film for themselves. Until then, they would still be able to remain ‘unbelievers’.
I think you might be able to see where this is heading…
This is very much like religious fundies who have chosen to view the world in one way and not accept anything that doesn’t fit perfectly within that view. They can be given facts and proof and logic ’til the cows come home and yet until they are able to ‘see’ those things for themselves, they can easily, happily and comfortably remain in their own little world, ‘unbelievers’ of science.
I do wonder what the hostile X Files fans will do as it becomes more and more obvious that I am telling the truth? Will they become even more hostile – like religious fundies do as the space their beliefs can logically exist becomes smaller and smaller? Or will they face the facts, accept that I am telling the truth… and apologise for their hostile words…?
I shall wait and see. :)