Frank Warren, who I highly respect, seems to be missing the point. Yes, I have not seen Robert Hastings' documentary, but I did see one of his trailers some time back. I even wrote a short blog piece regarding the trailer...it was positive based on what I saw.
Frank seems to think that I'm disturbed that Hastings is charging $4.99 to view the documentary. This is simply not the case as I commented that Robert has every right to recoup his expenses to cover whatever costs that he incurred to produce the documentary. I'm well aware that he had been working very hard to bring his project to fruition. It would appear that he has been successful. Good for him.
BTW, just this last week I spent $2.99 to rent and watch "Platoon" which I've already seen numerous times over the past decade or two. So, I'm not averse towards spending a small amount of cash for my viewing pleasure.
But, am I obligated to look at Robert's documentary?
Hastings had asked the question, "Where are the comments from the debunkers and skeptics?" I provided my personal reply which apparently did not sit well with Frank. I have no idea of Hastings' thoughts since he provided no reply as was to be expected.
Frank, you wrote: "The arguments that both you and Tim are making is akin to anyone condemning your latest book (thanks again for my copy), without reading it–assuming they know what's in it.
Either example is simply nonsensical."
What is really nonsensical is that prior to Robert Hastings' article being post on your site, he and is documentary was not on anyone's radar from a skeptic's take. I personally had lost any interest. Look at my blog, I've not posted anything Hastings-wise for well over a year, if not longer.
The truth for most of us is that his Nukes and UFO meme grew tiresome. And my own rebuttals grew equally tiresome as I was engaging in a circular argument with myself. Robert rarely engages in anything that is polar opposite of his viewpoints.
Case in point, this dialog on your site is between me, Robert Scheaffer and you. Where is the actual author of the article to answer the comments?
It's the same old pattern. You answer Hastings mail and he might come down from the Mount to answer, but usually you are the Oracle.
Simply, as I originally told Robert Scheaffer in his email...who really cares. Most of us are, are have, moving on to other things. Hastings has his audience and his documentary should satisfy the bulk of them.
And unfortunately I'm helping to promote his film just by engaging in these comments.
The truth of the matter is that I personally lost track of Robert's documentary. I've other obligations that demand my attention such as my current professional career. This also includes obligations towards my family. I've other hobbies and interest that I engage in. The subject of UFOs is NOT a central item of interest, nor does the subject matter dictates how I run my life. Again, my blog shows this as there are periodic gaps between postings. Some of these gaps stretch out over a few months.
Despite the above, my main premise remains that the silence from skeptics and debunkers regarding Robert's documentary may be akin to throwing back the very silence that he provided towards us. You can call it poetic justice.
Frank, when I say "I don't care," Perhaps it should be looked at from this point: Does Robert truly care if I watch his flick? Does he really value my opinion one way or another?
Does Robert Hastings care?