Sarno on the Haiti UFO Video

Interesting piece (given my recent thinking about the role of the Internet in fueling wacky perceptions) in today’s LA Times: It came from outer space. In it, “Web Scout” writer David Sarno investigates the origin of the above video, recently being much-viewed on YouTube, which purports to show UFOs flying over a beach in Haiti.

Some favorite quotes from the article:

“Frankly I’m worried about this,” wrote one observer on the conspiracy site “If people feel it necessary to flood the Internet or the UFO community with increasingly more ‘realistic’ hoaxes, what will happen in the event of a true landing?”


Barzolff stressed the videos were not intended as a viral marketing ploy. His movie is still in the idea phase, and he created the hoax strictly as a “sociological experiment” — in other words, just to see what would happen.

What happened far exceeded his expectations.

After he finished producing the videos, he posted them and went to bed. “I thought they would reach perhaps 2,000 people,” he said through Sam.

“When I woke up the next morning there were 70,000 views,” on the Haiti video. “Twenty minutes later it was up to 130,000 views. It grew exponentially from there.”

Barzolff called the results of his experiment “entertaining, thrilling, completely addictive, and a little scary.”

The scary part, he said, was that in spite of the evidence, “many people refuse to believe it’s a hoax.”

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